An equally good butterfly was my first Hecebolus Skipper found by my guru Mike Rickard. Mike and Ginny had found another in the same area recently. The spot above and anterior to the big arrow on the dorsal surface is the key field mark.
Mike and I spent quite a while searching the blooming chomonque before I pulled out this sharp Marius Hairstreak.
Even without the stellar three butterflies above it was still a pretty good day. We got the two Chioides longtails, White-striped and Zilpa.
A couple of Purple-washed Skippers were nice. Everyone was having a difficult time today keeping the names Violet-banded, Violet-patched and Purple-washed straight.
A nice Texas Powdered-Skipper
A swell Silver-banded Hairstreak.
And a bucket of Red-bordered Pixies.
And I almost forgot the Great Purple Hairstreak.
Here's our list of 60 species for today at the NBC.