A Red Admiral butterfly, who paused for a moment amongst a few fallen leaves in the bosque today.
Late Season Butterflies
A trio of butterflies that aren’t supposed to be in New Mexico in November: Two western pygmy blues on the left and an acmon blue (I think) on top.
American Lady Butterfly
It looks a lot like a Painted Lady but it’s smaller and has those four shimmery blue dots on each wing. I haven’t seen them in the Sandia mountains before this summer.
Butterfly on Clover
I won’t absolutely swear to it but I believe this butterfly is called a Greenish Blue.It is definitely a blue of one kind or another.
Painted Lady Butterflies Galore
The population of painted lady butterflies has exploded over the last couple of weeks in and around Albuquerque. They are everywhere — in the valley, foothills, and even east mountains.
Last week a coworker (who knows I love butterflies) asked me, “Do you know much about insects?” I said I didn’t really and he went on to say, “There’s a moth I’ve been seeing … it looks like a hummingbird.” I said, “Oh, yeah — it’s a hummingbird moth.” I think he honestly didn’t believe me but I showed him a photo on Google that was labeled “hummingbird moth.” There have been a lot of them around lately.