Higher Elevation Butterflies
Back to the Colonel Devin Trail in Payson, Arizona yesterday with hopes the Butterfly Weed was finally in bloom. (It was late to bloom this year so we found very little on the last trip up). This time, we saw plenty and were rewarded with Western Tiger Swallowtails and Northwestern Fitillaries nectaring on it. My favorite photos from the hike are below.
Western Tiger Swallowtail on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Gibbifer californicus)
Golden Banded Skipper
Western Tiger Swallowtail on Arizona Thistle
Dainty Sulphur (TINY)
Northwestern Fritillary on New Mexico Raspberry
Duskywing (unidentified) laying eggs on Oak Sapling. Do you see one on the upper right? There is another one at the tip of her abdomen.
Long Jawed Orb Weaver with web just above the creek