Spike verbena growing wild in the Sandia mountains and a skipper butterfly (I’m not sure what kind of skipper it is).
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.
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.
These butterflies were everywhere in the high Sandias the other day. They’re among my favorites.
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.