Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1320718

Sandia Hairstreak
Callophrys mcfarlandi

Observation date: March 13, 2022
Submitted by: Joshua C
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Great surprise! I wasn't expecting to see these so early in the season. As I was sitting on a rock scrolling through my photos I saw a butterfly land on a rabbitbrush plant right next to me. I was able to get two photos, including this decent one. When I got up to try to get another angle the butterfly flew closer to the ground, and eventually flew into some beargrass where I lost it. A few seconds after it flew into the beargrass my camera went out of power, so I got lucky! A great way to start the butterfly season.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: March 14, 2022
Coordinator notes: a fine way indeed! I hope your good fortune prevails through the entire season.
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Bernalillo County