Found in northeastern Kern County, the South Fork Kern River Valley
is located between the protective reaches of the southern Sierra
Nevada Mountains and the Piute Mountains. This unique region
contains three of the ten floristic provinces in North America.
These unique factors contribute to amazing diversity of all life
forms. Fifty-two species have been documented in the South Fork
Valley. The South Fork of the Kern River contains the finest,
contiguous, native riparian forest in California.
Sheehey prepared this information
from field records of Ken Davenport, author of
"Butterflies of Kern and Tulare Counties,
California", Gillette Museum, Colorado State
University. Photos from
Alison Sheehey's collection, Phil Nordin and from pinned specimens
donated to the Kern River Preserve by Ken Davenport.
Davenport, K., 2007.
Lepidoptera of North America: 3. Butterflies of Kern and Tulare Counties,
California. C.P. Gillette Museum Arthropod Diversity, Colorado State
Glassberg, J., 2001.
Butterflies through Binoculars: the West. Oxford University Press.
Opler, Paul A., Kelly Lotts, and Thomas
Naberhaus, coordinators. 2010. Butterflies and Moths of North America.
Bozeman, MT: Big Sky Institute.
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/ (Version 6/7/2010)
Storer, T., Usinger, R. &
Lukas, D. 2004. Sierra Nevada Natural History. UC Press.
Swan, L. , Papp, C., 1972.
The Common Insects of North America. Harper & Row.
NOTE: There is no collecting, fishing, or hunting on the preserve. If you see any animal or plant on the preserve, please take
only pictures and memories. Do not disturb nesting birds. Do not go
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