Bordered Patches - Chlosyne lacinia - get into the eastern part of southern California and I had lusted after them for several years before I went to Arizona in the fall of 2007 and saw dozens of them. They are variable, and this first Bordered Patch has a lot of orange dorsally. Sycamore Cyn, Atascosa Mtns, Santa Cruz Co., September 27, 2007.
Bordered Patch with less orange. I made sure I got photos of a variety of these butterflies. Mt Lemmon, Santa Catalina Mtns, Pima Co., September 26, 2007.
Bordered Patch with white and a bit of cream. Also Mt Lemmon, Sept. 26, 2007.
Ventral shot of Chlosyne lacinia, Mt Lemmon again.
Another ventral of the Bordered Patch. Sycamore Canyon, September 27, 2007. For the denizens of Arizona, these are common; I was absolutely thrilled to see them for the first time. I'm sure everyone with this interest knows the excitement of finally encountering something you've always wanted to see, though the particular butterfly may be different for everyone.