Today we banded hummingbirds in the Davis Mountains where I spotted this Canyonland Satyr.
I wish I could have gotten a better photo of it, but this was the best one I got. Based on the photo, I didn't know what it was. Consulted my iphone butterfly app, but the only satyr I could find in it was a Carolina Satyr. (Since I got home I found the other satyrs on the app. Don't know why I couldn't find them earlier. Frustrating. Maybe because we were driving on a bumpy road.)
Anyway, after a while I called Brian Banker, my butterfly guru, and tried to describe it to him. I'm a novice and don't know the right terminology, so told him it looked like a cloudywing would look if it was red or orange. He was greatly amused by my amateur description, and said I should henceforth call it a Red Cloudywing. Here's the cloudywing I was alluding to. (I didn't see the spots in the "cloud" on the satyr until I downloaded the photo later.)
It's really hard to describe a butterfly to someone without knowing the names of the body parts. I guess the "cloud" on the satyr would be considered to be on the upper underside of the hindwing, or something like that. Enough of that.
I saw several interesting flowers today too. I don't know what this one from the Davis Mountains is.
Nor this one being enjoyed by a worn Common Buckeye near our ponds in Alpine.