Category: Butterflies (and Moths)

Sandia Hairstreak, 2018 Edition

Sandia Hairstreak

Despite this year’s extraordinarily warm and dry winter, Sandia hairstreak butterflies showed up right on time in the Sandia foothills — or at least this one did yesterday. I’m always happy to see my little friends.

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.

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