Early Butterfly

Propertius Duskywing

Propertius Duskywing

One of the earliest butterflies to fly in the spring is the propertius duskywing (Erynnis propertius). This common butterfly is an avid puddler (getting minerals and moisture from wet soil). I found at least fifty propertius duskywings on a patch of moist ground near Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery (Shasta County CA), where this photograph was taken. Propertius duskywings might not be the most colorful of butterflies, but seem to welcome the warmer weather.

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4 Responses to Early Butterfly

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Wow! A butterfly already? I thought I might have seen a Mourning Cloak butterfly last week, but I didn’t manage to get a photo of it.

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