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.
A two-tailed swallowtail on purple penstemon. It’s been a great year for swallowtails of all kinds.
We’re in the middle of an extraordinarily early spring and the Sandia hairstreak butterflies are loving it. (So am I, despite the fact that it makes global warming feel awfully close and personal.) In any case, this is one of the only shots I’ve ever gotten of a Sandia hairstreak using its proboscis.
I admit that I’ve given Wiedemeyer’s Admiral butterflies short shrift in the past. The main reason is their black and white appearance and, well, I like bright colors (in case you hadn’t noticed). Little did I know how beautiful (and colorful) their underwings were until I happened upon dozens of them in a tiny area earlier this summer. They were flitting all over and one even came and sat on my right hand while I was taking photos.
The first Milbert’s Tortoiseshell butterfly I’ve ever seen in the Sandias (above 10,000 feet). I think it’s an especially beautiful butterfly.