Butterflies are less common this year than most. Still, there are some good ones out there.
This is a summer azure, one of the two most common blue butterflies in Iowa. You can tell the difference between them by how they fly–this one will fly high up into the trees.
From above these butterflies are a delightful light blue color.
This is the other very common one. This is an eastern tailed-blue. They are normally all over the place this time of year, but this year their numbers are way down. Still, they can be found.
From above males of this species are dark blue and females are brown or gray. These butterflies stay low–mostly at the level of tall weeds or below.
This is a silver-spotted skipper.
This is the same individual from a different angle and with different lighting.
Enjoy your summer.