Ventral shot. Total of three males and two females. So cool to start the season with this stunning creature.
Male. Absence of orange dots on hind wings. It floats before one like...electric blue tinfoil.
Robert Michael Pyle in his book "Handbook for Butterfly Watching" refers anecdotally to this San Jose pop. It was thought to have blinked out but recently rediscovered as doing fine. Considered by many to be "The Most Beautiful Small Butterfly in the U.S."
This is the female.
First brood in the spring is mossy green like new grass. Amazing to see brown ones...an adaptation to low rain winter? This color normally seen in June and July. Weird.
Host for Sonoran Blue, according to Shapiro
in our area. D. cymosa var stechellii. The plant is more widespread than the butterfly.
The second most prevalent Pierid out. Lucky to catch one of this blasting, little bullets at a flower.
The place exudes sulphuric water. Was once a Victorian spa for folks to "bath in the minerals" Males mud puddling at smelly water....interesting...
Spectacular group. Real "stool" of mushroom. In the "Gilled" group?
Most abundant blue this day...
Hadn't seen these guys since...last spring. Most prevalent Pierid out here.
Good sized foraging flocks
A local to the barn, this female likes to hunt off of my deck
Foraging on a Valley Oak, occasional call
One is calling in the Coyote Brush next to the barn
One just buzzed my head
Hunting in the savanna adjacent to the barn
Several all around the barn at night
Common cottontail around the barn and in the Coyote Brush