Photo of the Week: July 30, 2012

Can you name this brown butterfly?

Identifying butterflies can be challenging. I spotted the one pictured here roosting atop the tiny white flowers of a yarrow plant while hiking earlier this summer in Smith Rock State Park.  I believe it to be a Moss’s Elfin, (Callophyrs mossi). This variety prefers to habituate on rocky outcrops or cliffs where males perch on shrubs and watch for females.

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