Sunning on a saw greenbriar leaf.
Same individual in both photos.
Seen in the Get Your Birds garden at El Cas
We saw 2 fly in the street
The flight of Common Mestras hit a peak in mid-November with hundreds being found on just about any nature trail in open or semi-open habitats. On my return hike this date along the Tejas Trail (about 2 miles), I counted a minimum of 360 individuals and probably passed by many more. Truly a phenomenal year for the species.
Nymphalidae is the largest family of butterflies with about 6,000 species distributed throughout most of the world. These are usually medium sized to large butterflies. Most species have a reduced pair of forelegs and many hold their colourful wings flat when resting. They are also called brush-footed butterflies or four-footed butterflies. Many species are brightly colored and include popular species such as the emperors, admirals, tortoiseshells, and fritillaries. However, the underwings are in contrast often dull...