Monday, March 7, 2011

New-for-year Butterflies seen today in Marathon

Photos from my personal files stock, not of individuals seen today:

Great Purple Hairstreak, male (Atlides halesus)
This one is always a stunner and a favorite. Larval foodplant: mistletoes growing on oak, ash, cottonwood, mesquite.

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
This common hairstreak is still nice to happen upon, particularly after such a hard winter. It has me believe that Spring may actually get here.
Larval foodplant: Flowering parts of legumes, mallows and others.

Also had a duskywing of some type. I did not get a photo, but 'twas not Funereal/Mournful. Could it have been Meridian (E. meridianus)?

Regardless of my musings, it was nice to see variety show itself in single individuals of new species.

These were observed while planting Desert Willows.

When the redbud trees fully bloom, then we may have a bit of a butterfly show.

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