Butterflies

At around 7000 feet, in the Big Elk Meadows area west of Lyons, CO.

Hoary Comma,  Polygonia gracilus

Hoary Comma, Polygonia gracilus

Lupine Blue,  Plebejus icarioides

Lupine Blue, Plebejus icarioides

Perhaps  Speyeria atlantis , the Atlantis Fritillary.

Perhaps Speyeria atlantis, the Atlantis Fritillary.

Cedar Hairstreak,  Callophrys gryneus

Cedar Hairstreak, Callophrys gryneus

Streamside Checkerspot,  Chlosyne nycteis

Streamside Checkerspot, Chlosyne nycteis

White Admiral,  Limenitis arthemis

White Admiral, Limenitis arthemis

Small blue butterflies gather to feed on nutrient-rich water in a drying stream bed.

Small blue butterflies gather to feed on nutrient-rich water in a drying stream bed.