Hang on. It's not the solstice yet. The first day of winter in 2010 is 21 December.
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
North America's smallest butterfly. Not a huge deal to seasoned lepidopterists, but we just haven't had a real strong flight of adult pygmy-blues this year, if I recall correctly, here in the Marathon Basin. That is until now.
They seem to be everywhere on the grounds of Marathon Motel, and also around our humble little casita.
No bigger than my pinky-finger nail, they lay their eggs on hostplants such as thistle, saltbushes (Atriplex sp) of which we have in and/or near the basin, frogfruit (Phyla sp) which does exist in and around Marathon, and others.
These little jewels are among the more numerous butterfly species flitting about at the time of this typing.
"Size matters not." - Yoda
We have the same ally, as well.