Found in the surf at Surfside, TX. The photos aren't the greatest for identifying these guys.
Small Tortoiseshell female lays its eggs under the leaves of the host plants of the future caterpillar, stinging nettle.
Petite Tortue femelle dépose ses oeufs sous les feuilles d'une des plantes hôtes de la future chenille, l'ortie dioïque.
European Peacock sunbathing on the wall of my house.
Paon-du-jour prenant un bain de soleil sur le mur de ma maison.
Found under a trash can. apparently the line in Evans & Hogue about this species being "entirely black" can be ignored. It certainly doesn't have the yellow hairs on the underside that N. guttula should have, and apparently that's the only species with all-black elytra we would expect in CA. Excellent discussion at http://bugguide.net/node/view/148757/bgimage
It wasn't until I recently saw a picture of a related species from France that I realized Sara Orangetips have AMAZING hindwings.
An arthropod is an invertebrate animal having an exoskeleton (external skeleton), a segmented body, and jointed appendages. Arthropods are members of the phylum Arthropoda (from Greek ἄρθρον árthron, "joint", and πούς pous (gen. podos), i.e. "foot" or "leg", which together mean "jointed leg"), and include the insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. Arthropods are characterized by their jointed limbs and cuticles, which are mainly made of α-chitin; the cuticles of crustaceans are also biomineralized with calcium carbonate. The...