• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

Identification of Butterflies Page 2

Great Purple Hairstreak

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GREAT PURPLE HAIRSTREAK (Atlides halesus)
Wingspan .7 - .9"
Uncommon but have been seen in Frijoles Canyon. Mid to late summer.
 
American Snout

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AMERICAN SNOUT (Libytheana carinenta)
Wingspan 1.2 - 1.4"
Rare. Has been seen in Frijoles Canyon. Unique for its long facial snout.
 
Anise Swallowtail

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ANISE SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio zelicaon)
Wingspan 3.5 - 4"
Less common than other swallowtails but relatively common in certain years. Notable black band across top margin of wings makes it distinguishable from other swallowtails.
 
Red-spotted Purple

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RED-SPOTTED PURPLE (Limenitis arthemis)
Wingspan 3 - 3.5"
Uncommon in park but has been seen in Frijoles Canyon.
 
Mormon Fritillary

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MORMON FRITILLARY (Speyeria mormonia)
Wingspan 1.8 - 2.1"
Common throughout the park but especially in riparian areas.
 
Bramble Hairstreak

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BRAMBLE HAIRSTREAK (Callophrys perplexa)
.7 - .9"
Common, especially in the Pinon-Juniper Woodland.

 
Spring Azure

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SPRING AZURE (Celastrina ladon)
Wingspan .7 - .9"
Common in the spring throughout the park.
 
Dainty Sulphur

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DAINTY SULPHUR (Nathalis iole)
Wingspan .7 - .9"
Common in lower elevations of the park, especially in late summer and into fall.
 
American Lady

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AMERICAN LADY (Vanessa virginiensis)
Wingspan 1.4 - 1.6"
Common in park especially in late summer and into autumn. Most likely found at higher elevations.
 
Painted lady

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PAINTED LADY (Vanessa cardui)
Wingspan 1.5 - 1.6"
Very common throughout the park especially in late summer to early autumn.
 
milberts tortoiseshell 6

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MILBERT'S TORTOISESHELL (Nymphalis milberti)
Wingspan 1.2 - 1.4"
Uncommon but can be seen in higher elevation meadows such as on Alamo Boundary Trail or Cerro Grande Route.
 
Nais Metalmark

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NAIS METALMARK (Apodemia nais)
.8 -1"
Common in upper Frijoles Canyon riparian area.
 
Chryxus Artic

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CHRYXUS ARTIC (Oeneis chryxus)
Wingspan 1 - 1.2"
Found in the higher elevations of the park such as Cerro Grande Trail, Elk Pond, Alamo Boundary Trail in mid to late summer.
 
Southern Dogface

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SOUTHERN DOGFACE (Colias cesonia)
Wingspan 1.2 - 1.4"
Common mid to late summer in riparian areas such as Frijoles Canyon.
 
goatweed leafwing

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GOATWEED LEAFWING (Anaea andria)
Wingspan 1.5 - 2"
Very well camouflaged butterfly. Noticeable in flight with a bright orange upper wing. Late summer in canyons such as Frijoles Canyon.

 
pinewhite

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PINE WHITE (Neophasia menapia)
Wingspan 1 - 1.25"
Mid summer. Always found near pines.

 
square spotted blue

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SQUARE-SPOTTED BLUE (Euphilates battoides)
Found in higher elevations.

 
purplish copper

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PURPLISH COPPER (Lycaena helloides)
Relatively common in the park's high country.

 
mormon metalmark

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MORMON METALMARK (Apodemia mormo)
Uncommon but has been seen in the park on the Falls Trail.

 
melissa blue

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MELISSA BLUE (Lycaeides melissa)
Somewhat common in the parks higher elevations.

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