Butterflies

 

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Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)

 

In the first series of images (taken during a hike to San Miguel Mountain, part of Nacimiento Ridge in the Jemez Mountains) the butterflies are feeding from Chamisso Arnica flowers. The second series was taken during a hike up Redondo Creek in Valles Caldera National Preserve. In those photos, the butterflies are feeding from dandelions. The series also includes one photo from a hike on Mt. Taylor; those butterflies seemed more interested in each other than in feeding.

 


Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

The Painted Lady has four to five small but obvious eye spots on the underside of each hind wing. In contrast, the American Lady has two large eye spots below. Each warm season, Painted Lady butterflies migrate northward from wintering grounds in northern Mexico.


Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii)

 

These gorgeous butterflies clearly aren't above sipping from fresh scat. If you look closely at the image from Sulphur Canyon, you can see a fly and a second insect just below the scat. The handheld butterfly from Mount Taylor was lying dead on the CDT when we came by.