Laguna Mountain Skipper - Pyrgus ruralis lagunae
The Laguna Mountain Skipper, Pyrgus ruralis lagunae, at Palomar Mountain in San Diego County on May 6, 2010. This is probably a male.
Laguna Mountain Skipper - Pyrgus ruralis lagunae
The Laguna Mountain Skipper, same individual as above. These fly in open meadows at Palomar, which may be the only colony left of this butterfly anywhere if it is true that the Laguna Mountains colony is now extirpated.
Laguna Mountain Skipper - Pyrgus ruralis lagunae
This Laguna Mountain Skipper, a small female, was found near French Valley Creek at Palomar Mountain on the same day as those above. Males are said to be lighter in aspect.

©Dennis Walker