More butterflies–5/21/11

More recently than my last butterfly post, Melissa joined me and my usual butterfly companions for a trip into the Sandias. Joe and Rebecca had found many butterflies in a culvert near the 8000 foot marker a few days earlier and we were headed back.

Joe wrote a little about the trip on his blog.

But we got there too early for the butterflies to be out and about. So we went down slope to Doc Long picnic area where it was a little warmer and sheltered from the wind. Here we found:

Silver-spotted Skipper
Northern Cloudywing
Dreamy Duskywing (photo by Joe at http://bit.ly/jHLAul )


Rocky Mountain Duskywing
Afranius Duskywing (possible–photo by Joe at http://bit.ly/jd6a6J )
Two-tailed Swallowtail
Margined White
Silvery Blue
Acmon/Lupine Blue

Speyeria sp. (greater fritillary species)
Hoary Comma
Mourning Cloak
Arizona Sister

Later, butterflies (and some cool moths) were very active near the 8000 foot marker:

Silver-spotted Skipper
Northern Cloudywing


Dreamy Duskywing


Two-tailed Swallowtail


Margined White
Western Tailed-Blue
Variegated Fritillary
Field Crescent
Snowberry clearwing (moth mimic of bumblebees and hummingbirds)

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