Category: Butterflies (and Moths)

Butterfly and Mexican Hat

Tailed Copper on Mexican Hat

A Tailed Copper butterfly drinks nectar from a Mexican Hat wildflower high in the Sandia mountains.


Boisduval’s Blue

A Boisduval's Blue butterfly (I think)

This is a Boisduval’s Blue butterfly, I think. (I’m not an expert with butterfly IDs.) I saw it a bit west of Chama about a week-and-a-half ago.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

A tiger swallowtail pauses to drink nectar from some golden pea plants in the high Sandia mountains.

Prickly Pear Blossom with Butterfly

Prickly Pear Blossom with Butterfly

I saw some prickly pear blossoms with red-orange centers last year and have been eagerly keeping an eye on their location, hoping to see more this year. Alas, there’ve been only a handful of buds, and no flowers yet. So you can imagine how completely thrilled I was last week when I saw this single blossom in a totally different place. I sat down to take some photos (it was pretty close to the ground) and in the 10 minutes I spent there, all sorts of pollinators came to visit. One was this skipper butterfly (a duskywing, maybe?). For whatever reason, I was completely charmed by the spiral its proboscis created.

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.

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