Yeah - San Bruno Elfin!! Had 45 min to kill waiting for Jess so I drove to SB mountain (10 min) wandered around for 25 min, and drove back - didn't know I'd stumble on one of the worlds most endangered butterflies!!
Under some current taxonomies.
Third instar. The first photo I ever took for iNat was of this creature. I'm slated to follow ovipositing females this season and geotag her egg dispersal over a set time. Adults do not emerge for another month.
More on the project:
One of a couple dime-sized blues mud puddling on some puddle-less mud on the trail.
Dunnville Barrens State Natural Area, Dunn Co., WI
A federally endgangered species.
Canoe Landing Prairie State Natural Area, Eau Claire Co., WI
Crex Sand Prairie State Natural Area, Burnett Co., WI
Reed Lake Meadow State Natural Area
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
Burnett Co., WI
Lycaenidae is the second-largest family of butterflies (behind the Brush-footed butterflies), with over 5,000 species worldwide, whose members are also called gossamer-winged butterflies. They constitute about 40% of the known butterfly species.