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Old 05-09-2009, 11:44 PM   #41
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I think your butterfly is a Spring Azure:
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They are one of the early ones, and I often see them perched on moist soil gathering minerals.
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:00 AM   #42
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I think your butterfly is a Spring Azure:
Species Detail | Butterflies and Moths of North America

They are one of the early ones, and I often see them perched on moist soil gathering minerals.
Thanks for the correction NEWisc, I believe you are correct on this one. I went back and looked at the other photos and found one that had good detail on the back wing which sealed it for me.

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Old 05-10-2009, 02:08 AM   #43
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Don't know if I mentioned but I stopped working as Horticulture Outreach Coordinator at a botanic garden on May 4th of this year. As a result I have had time to get back to taking pictures. I'm still doing hort. outreach - talks and articles - without about 7 hours of commute time per week, I'm enjoying doing lots of other things as well.


090501_6073: syrphid fly on yerba santa at Santa Fe Dam
090501_6078: bee climbing out of opuntia flower at Santa Fe Dam
G090502_3197: grasshopper eating clarkia flower in my garden
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Old 05-10-2009, 02:25 AM   #44
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G090502_6203: caterpillar of white-lined sphynx moth on Calif. fuchsia

I have two more pictures, but I cropped them too big, so I will re-crop and send out tomorrow.

That's it for now...
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:26 AM   #45
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Thanks for the correction NEWisc, I believe you are correct on this one. I went back and looked at the other photos and found one that had good detail on the back wing which sealed it for me.

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Also, the behavior you noted is called 'puddling' - this is how they get needed minerals (including salt) lacking in nectar. This is somewhat analogous to mammals going to salt licks. I've even seen some puddling on moisture on cow patties:eek: !
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:00 AM   #46
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The hatch is on!

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Mothers day feast for the birds.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:52 PM   #47
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Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa

Thanks NeWisc
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Ask NEWisc! It's gorgeous what ever it is.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:46 AM   #49
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Your butterfly is a Mourning Cloak. It's one of those that overwinters as an adult. In the north, they are often the first butterfly of the spring.

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Old 05-12-2009, 09:48 AM   #50
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Great pictures everyone. I like this idea.

Adult butterflies overwintering is another reason to keep a woodpile.
Where Adult Butterflies Winter Mon@rch’s Nature Blog

Tom, a naturalist, field biologist and nature photographer at Allegany State Park has pictures and just such a story to relate at his excellent nature blog.
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