Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Counting Butterflies

Ned counted (and photographed) butterflies (and other critters) with Fred Heath on 3/29/2015. Some exemplary examples below.

All Photos by Ned Harris 3/29/2015

American Snout on Odora (Porophyllum gracile)

Dainty Sulfur on one of the Pectocarya species (Borage family)

Reakirt's Blue on Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia)

Two-tailed Swallowtail (AZ state butterfly) on New Mexico Thistle (Cirsium neomexicanum)

Many species of butterfly; many different colors, shapes, and sizes. Once they are recognizable as butterflies (i.e., they have wings), they are adults. (And they are doing what adults do, namely, reproducing.) Bottom line: There are no 'baby' butterflies. Even the tiniest butterflies are adults. And they don't grow in the adult stage.

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