I am lucky to work in an area where I can, truly, be "in the wilderness," out in the desert after a five minute drive from my comfy seat in my air-conditioned office. In addition, the museum has a nature trail which, though it needs some work, offers many opportunities for butterfly watching and photography.
After finally getting some nice shots, I wanted to share some of the butterfly photographs I have taken over the last few weeks. Though not quite as good as Melissa's, I do have the advantage of being able to go out into the desert on my lunch breaks and shoot what I want.
Another quick note. I found a puddling site on Friday. A puddling site is a location with damp soil where various species of butterflies "hang out" and dip their probosces ... proboscises ... well, their tongues, into the soil to draw moisture and salts. I was, quite literally, surrounded by blues, skippers, and the occasional fritillary as I sat on a rock and took photos. It was amazing.
Anyway, here are some of my recent photographs.
Other butterflies identified, but not photographed, at White Sands Missile Range include Black Swallowtail, Two-Tailed Swallowtail, Variegated Fritillary, Checkered White, Sleepy Orange, Clouded Sulphur, Cloudless Sulphur, Dainty Sulphur, Elada Checkerspot, Golden-Headed Scallopwing, Mournful Duskywing, Funereal Duskywing, Common Checkered Skipper, and Common Streaky Skipper. Oh yeah, and golden and fiery skippers, and too many other grass skippers to list now (besides, haven't got them identified yet!) As more are identified, I'll post them here.