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:
Dreamy Duskywing (photo by Joe at http://bit.ly/jHLAul )
Rocky Mountain Duskywing
Afranius Duskywing (possible–photo by Joe at http://bit.ly/jd6a6J )
Speyeria sp. (greater fritillary species)
Later, butterflies (and some cool moths) were very active near the 8000 foot marker: