A small 'puddle party' of Northern White Skippers was seen on the park's spring NABA count.
Several painted lady butterflies were seen in the Smithwater Canyon area during the park's spring NABA butterfly count. I don't have many pictures of this species despite its frequent abundance in the desert.
A single orange skipperling was observed along the east edge of the dried lakebed at Barker Dam. Location is approximate.
Variable checkerspots are common along canyon bottoms at Joshua tree National Park. I believe this is the corralensis subspecies.
A number of Northern White-Skippers were on a hike down Smithwater Canyon. Location is approximate.
Though not as numerous as queens monarch butterflies were seen during the fall of 2014 in low numbers at numerous locations nectaring on rabbitbrush along park washes.
Several pygmy-blues were seen on rabbitbrush and Eriogonum fasciculatum. This observation was from near the Wall Street Mill parking area. Location is approximate.
A single Arizona Powered-Skipper was seen in the upper Smithwater Canyon drainage near the Lower Covington Trail. Location is approximate.
A single red admiral was seen on rabbitbrush near the Lower Covington Parking Area.
Several California Patch butterflies were seen near the Barker Dam parking area feeding on rabbitbrush. Location is approximate.
Several desert black swallowtails were seen along the Wall Street Mill Trail in Joshua Tree National Park. Location is approximate. Pictures are of the same individual.
A gray hairstreak, Strymon melinus, was observed in the Barker Dam area of Joshua Tree National Park during a NABA Spring butterfly count.
Rocky ridge top
Hundreds of queens were seen this fall at numerous locations throughout Joshua Tree National Park. More than 70 were counted along the Wall Street Mill Trail on one fall day. Rabbitbrush was the big attraction. Location shown is approximate.
Several orange sulphurs were seen in large desert wash that crosses the park road near the Boy Scout Trailhead. Location is approximate.
A Ceraunus Blue was observed on the Indian Cove Nature Trail during the park's Fall NABA count on Oct. 13, 2014. Location is approximate.
Reakirt's blues were common in the fall of 2014 at Joshua Tree NP and were often found feeding on rabbitbrush.
A single acmon blue was seen on the Lower Covington Trail at Joshua Tree NP. Location is approximate.
Funeral duskywing is the most common and widespread of the Erynnis species found at Joshua Tree National Park.
A single common buckeye was seen near the Upper Covington Trailhead in Joshua Tree National Park.
A Becker's white was seen nectaring on Amsonia. Moments after I took this picture the white was attacked by a leopard lizard, but it managed to escape unharmed.
A single male(?) Bernardino blue was found on an unmarked trail about 1.5 miles southeast from the park's West Entrance. Location is approximate.
Several snout butterflies were seen at the start of the Barker Dam Trail in Joshua Tree National Park. They were using rabbitbrush as a food plant.
My wife and I encountered what appeared to be an aberrant painted lady at the Lower Covington area of Joshua Tree National Park during the fall of 2011. Many butterflies were found on rabbitbrush this day. We had never before seen a butterfly like this and it caused some real confusion as to its ID.
A single variegated fritillary was found on rabbitbrush near the Lower Covington trailhead at Joshua Tree National Park. Rabbitbrush was blooming profusely in the area and attracting many butterflies.
Three Yucca Giant-Skippers were seen in the upper Smithwater Canyon wash near the park's Lower Covington Trail. I believe the park area has the martini subspecies.
Two gulf fritillaries were seen on the trail to Wall Street Mill in Joshua Tree National Park. There has been a influx of these striking butterflies in the local desert this fall.
A single Mexican yellow, Eurema mexicana, was observed in a desert wash west of Hidden Valley. These are rare fall visitors to the park area.