New Mexico Butterflies

Steve Cary’s blog about butterflies of New Mexico.

Peak Swallowtail Flood Ark

Do you agree that being a lepidopterist is often about surprising yourself, or, rather letting nature surprise you? This could probably be said for any observer of nature. This month, we join our local lepidopterists in some unexpected moments from their autumn adventures.

Checking in on Checkerspots

Where do you find some of the elusive butterflies? Is it luck or savvy? Maybe a mixture of both. Join Steve Cary and other lepidopterists as they cleverly search out our winged friends.

June Rains Bring July Butterflies?

The Sierra Grande of New Mexico beckons and proves to be a challenging, but fruitful, journey for local lepidopterist Steve Cary. Sugarite Canyon brings together butterfly enthusiasts from across the southwest and beyond. Will they find what they are looking for?

The Marine Blues Have Landed

Good field notes were key to observations of Marine Blues in New Mexico! In addition to this reminder from the past, this month’s post contains several incredible stories, from the early life of Mourning Cloak larvae to the incredible rearing and hatching of Viola’s Oak Hairstreak.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Despite the heavy drought and wildfires that have plagued our region and changed the butterfly populations in certain areas, butterfly watchers and lepidopterists have recorded some rare butterflies and interesting butterfly activity in New Mexico, including mating Desert Viceroys, Mourning Cloak larvae groups, a Nevada Cloudywing, and a Poling’s Hairstreak.

Our Wild Butterfly Rumpus

Butterflies are out and about as spring has arrived in New Mexico, and Steve Cary and his fellow butterfly watchers have recently discovered amazing characteristics and habits of some of these winged creatures, including Mourning Cloaks and Duskywings.

Mariposa March Madness

Steven Cary brings us the world of Spring butterfly activity. As citizen scientists are increasing their submissions to BAMONA, we enjoy a detailed glimpse into Jim Von Loh’s observations of mating Desert Orangetips.

Differentiating Two Metalmarks

Steven J. Cary takes us on a scientific journey of the analysis of the eye coloring and wing markings of two varieties of the metalmark butterfly; Apodemia mejicanus (Sonoran or Mexican Metalmark) and Apodemia duryi (Dury’s Metalmark).

New Mexico Butterfly Monitoring Network Update

Experts have been sounding the alarm about sweeping declines in insect populations globally. Researchers are rushing to better understand which species are in decline and mitigate losses.

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