Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cold butterfly warming up

This morning this butterfly was on the ground too cold to fly, so I was able to pick it up for some photos. It is called a California Sister butterfly, Adelpha bredowii californica. They eat the leaves of the California Live Oaks, Quercus agrifolia, and winter in them also. These large oak trees surround our property, so she probably fell out of one last night. As I photographed her in the sun, she warmed up and flew away. I wonder what she thought of the experience.

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