are you still id-ing beautiful bugs?
I have you in my address book as one who is willing to identify bugs, beautiful or otherwise. While butterflies really don’t really classify as bugs in my lexicon, here’s a beauty that I would love to have identified. I photographed this elderly but still beautiful creature at the UC Santa Cruz (california) arboretum last August and just came across him in my images. Would you help? Many thanks,
Alice Steele

Hi Alice,
This is a Buckeye Butterfly, Junonia coenia. The larvae feed on monkey flowers and snapdragons, which probably explains its presence at the arboretum.

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