Azures and Beauties of Spring

Celastrina ladonA tiny butterfly with lovely blue wings — on the inside, anyway, meaning you only see the color when they fly.Celastrina ladonHere’s a pair making more. Quite a complicated taxonomy, evidently.

So that was last week. This week I saw only a few of the Azures flitting about. That precious blue!

But this week, there were plenty of Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica) to be had.Claytonia virginicaHad in the optical sense, of course.Claytonia virginica

3 Responses to “Azures and Beauties of Spring”


  1. 1 elwnyc April 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Matthew,
    Spring beauties – my favorite spring wildflower. Where did you see them? The only place I’ve seen them in my limited travels around the city is in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

    • 2 mthew April 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      These were in Great Swamp NWR yesterday. Quite a lot at the Wildlife Observation Center path heading north from the parking area.

      • 3 elwnyc April 21, 2016 at 9:34 am

        The joys of having friends with cars – and an interest in nature! Guess I’ll have to get over to the BBG.


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