Butterflies

At around 7000 feet, in the Big Elk Meadows area west of Lyons, CO.  Some species were feeding on flowers, others on the sap of trees or the damp ground in the bottom of the gulch.

Hoary Comma, Polygonia gracilus



Lupine Blue (Plebejus icarioides)

Lupine Blue, Plebejus icarioides

Fritillary

Perhaps Speyeria atlantis, the Atlantis Fritillary.



Callophrys gryneus (Cedar Hairstreak)

Cedar Hairstreak, Callophrys gryneus



Streamside Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

Streamside Checkerspot, Chlosyne nycteis



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White Admiral, Limenitis arthemis



Small blue butterflies.

Lupine Blues, Plebejus icarioides, and Silver-studded Blues, Plebejus acmon, gather to feed on nutrient-rich water in a drying stream bed.