Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing

euroButterflies

by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: andria

Huachuca Mts, Sierra Vista, AZ, April 2015

Field notes and information

ARIZONA April 2015: An exotic looking butterfly. It is an extremely fast flyer and very sensitive to approach. We didn't see more than half a dozen individuals. The bright scarlet upperside is very obvious in flight, at one point we had two butterflies whirling around us in a frantic chase. It was great!

The underside and wing form are obviously very well designed for camouflage against a background of dry leaves. It works very well as the butterfly is almost impossible to see when settled despite its size.

Photo: andria

Huachuca Mts, Sierra Vista, AZ, April 2015

Photo: andria

Huachuca Mts, Sierra Vista, AZ, April 2015

Photo: andria

Huachuca Mts, Sierra Vista, AZ, April 2015

Photo: andria

Huachuca Mts, Sierra Vista, AZ, April 2015