I spotted this checkerspot butterfly while hiking the Big Rock trail in Lucas Valley, Marin county, with my friend Jean in May. A few days later I spotted another — just like it? — outside my kitchen window, but it disappeared before I could grab the camera. There are several kinds of checkerspots in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m thinking this one is the bay checkerspot, which is listed as endangered.
And . . . that’s a blue dick serving up nectar to the butterfly.
As long as I’m posting insect pictures, how about this humongous dragonfly, spotted in my front yard. It was about 3 1/2 inches long, feasting on lavender. Note the bee in the corner of the picture.
Below is one of two houseflies that got caught between the screen and window in my kitchen.
I know, I know. These photos are all a bit soft. But not bad for our little Canon point-and-shoot.
For another nature story, go to “The Trouble With Daffodils.”