Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Eastern Tailed Blue-A Tiny Butterfly
With wings folded, the male and female look identical, as can be seen with this mating pair. I took this picture last fall in Springbrook's west prairie.
This is the female to the left. I took this picture shortly after sunrise two days ago in the south prairie. It is rare to see them with their wings open like this. She was trying to warm up and had her wings facing directly at the sun. The females are supposed to be drab, but her colors seemed quite vivid to me.
These tiny but pretty butterflies are almost always around on any hike at Springbrook during the summer. But you have to be looking for them, or they will flash past you and into the tree tops unseen.