Two of Our Smallest Butterflies

Cupido comyntasEastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas). Nice to see the pale blue here, for it usually perches like this:Cupido comyntasThis is a male. Females are browner. I must say, my field guide suggests a much darker blue, but the harsh sunlight here is bleaching everything out. The tiny trailing “tails” can be seen emerging just below the lower orange spot.Cupido comyntasHere’s another specimen.These are roughly the size of a dime. ErynnisAnd this is one of the duskywings, Horace’s (Erynnis horatius) I think. Very similar to Juvenal’s Duskywing. Here’s another photograph of these small puzzlers; much depends on the light.

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