Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Neighborhoods
  3. Community Issues

Bayview's butterflies

See also

On a recent afternoon in the Bridgeview Garden, Mary McClure pointed out a butterfly that I couldn’t recall having seen before. Even at the Bridgeview Garden, which for me is one of Bayview’s most beautiful places, this butterfly stood out as quite the charmer. I was compelled to take its picture.

Later that day, a bit of online research turned up information about the gulf fritillary which likes Passion Flower leaves. Voila! The creature I photographed was not more than 5 feet from the rambunctious Passion Flower plant vining up the garden fence.

Still, I’m no expert at identifying insects, and thought I should check with someone who is. Peter Brastow, Senior Biodiversity Coordinator for Department of the Environment, responded to my questions about Bayview butterflies immediately.

“You are correct about the passion flower vine and the gulf fritillary which is actually, interestingly, our only non-native butterfly,” he wrote in an email.

“Regarding butterflies specifically in Bayview,” he went on, “the Sandhill Skipper flies in the salt marshes since its host plant is salt grass, and the western pygmy blue flies there as well since its host plant is pickleweed.”

Though my mystery was solved, I was happy to hear from another local luminary in the world of butterfly experts, Liam O’Brien.

“How fortuitous!” Liam began. “I walked Yosemite Slough TODAY diligently dedicated to learning my birds and, boom! A female Brephidium exile: the Western Pygmy Blue. Our only Lycaenid (blues, coppers & hairstreaks) that overwinters (if you can call what we are experiencing “winter”?…) as the adult before you. A real find and quite Germaine to this conversation.”

Beauty, it seems, comes naturally to Bayview, and often in small sizes and unexpected places.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!