Thursday, May 03, 2012

Butterflies Already

I was surprised to see lots of bumble bees and butterflies this early in the year.
We had a mild winter, so maybe that had something to do with it.
They were all over the dandelions.

This bumble bee is so cute! I just love that orange belly.

Orange-belted or Tricoloured Bumble Bee
(Bombus ternarius)

 There is another species of bumblebee, Bombus huntii, common throughout the western United States, that is nearly identical in coloration to ternarius, though it has primarily yellow facial hairs rather than black.


The butterflies were Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta)

blogged previously.

I saw a few sulfurs out there also.

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