Category: Butterflies (and Moths)

Spike Verbena and Butterfly

Spike Verbena and Skipper

Spike verbena growing wild in the Sandia mountains and a skipper butterfly (I’m not sure what kind of skipper it is).


Hummingbird Moth

Hummingbird Moth with Transparent Wings

I found this most amazing creature in the high Sandias today. It’s a hummingbird moth, but not like others I’ve seen; this one has transparent wings.


Greenish Blue Butterfly

Greenish Blue Butterfly

A small butterfly in the Sangre de Cristos outside Santa Fe. It might be called a Greenish Blue — but then again, you probably shouldn’t trust my butterfly IDs.


Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

These butterflies were everywhere in the high Sandias the other day. They’re among my favorites.


Sandia Hairstreak, 2017

Sandia Hairstreak Butterfly

I’m happy to report that I’ve seen dozens of these little butterflies in the Sandia foothills over the last few weeks. The beargrass is starting to bloom so they’ll soon be going underground — which makes me all the more grateful to have seen so many of them.


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