|Spring Azure - REK|
|Spring Azure female - Bob Moul|
Spring Azures, Celastrina ladon, are to butterflies like the Harbinger of Spring, Erigenia bulbosa, is to wildflowers, a tiny message from nature that spring is officially here regardless of what the calendar says. Watching these two tiny creatures measuring less than an inch leading us down the drive I could almost hear them giggling in delight at the prospects ahead.
|Violacaea form - Bob Moul|
|Marginata form with dark band on hindwing - Bob Moul|
|Lucia form - Tom Murray|
Early spring is a delicate balancing act between flora and fauna. No one knows for sure what prompts a shrub to bud at a certain time but early butterflies are gambling that it will occur in time for the eggs they are ready to deposit. It is even a bigger gamble for these specimens as there doesn't seem to be a source of nectar in sight.
|Zebra Swallowtail egg already perched on an unfolding leaf - REK|