Size of scarlet pimpernel and growing nearby a patch.
I really want to know what these are. They've been popping up in all my neighbors yards lately but I have never seen them before.
About 1-1/2" long .
Helminthoglypta sonona Pilsbry, 1937 Bennett Mountain, Sonoma County. California
Found these today while doing yard work. They were under a large planter. One lost part of it tail.
This individual has been in and out of our yard this morning; fluttering everywhere but returning always to lay eggs on some emerging showy milkweed.
We've had great results with milkweed in attracting Monarchs; especially Narrowleaf Milkweed.
Lots of these today flying up and down the path, stopping only for a second.
At Frog Pond.
I suppose a Western Brown Elfin?
Lots of these enjoying this dwarfish ceanothus in the pigmy forest; sharing with Juniper Hairstreaks.
Just add Pipevine to your garden, and they will come... very satisfactory. Three or four individuals when I was getting this: all ladies.
Lots of fluttering, stopping only for a second or so; thus not great for photography.
Sorry about the poor pix. I suppose specific ID is problematic.
This may be remedied, as there are two; and I believe a nest. I could go back with binoculars; or someone else might with a more appropriate camera.