The Sonoran Blue butterfly, about the size of a US quarter cent piece, mates in early March. In this image the butterfly is a female laying her eggs on a succulent. These plants grow on the walls of the American River Canyon south of Auburn, California, adjacent to historic highway 49. One can identify this specimen as a female because it has one bright orange spot on each wing. The males have two spots.
December 24th, 2012
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