Sunday, May 2, 2021

Western Azure

Western (or Echo) Azures are tiny butterflies that flutter by, flashing their brilliant upper wings. They are difficult to photograph in the air. When they land, these butterflies fold up their wings, showing only their white undersides. This azure, in our backyard on 23 April 2021, was an exception. These butterflies have an interesting life cycle. The larvae are cared for by ants, and the caterpillars may pupate in ant nests ( Echo Azures are found in western states from British Columbia to Baja California and are habitat generalists.

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