This morning our front yard was all aflutter.

california-patch-22Many of our flowers were covered with small orange and brown butterflies. I counted at least eight at once.


I recognized that they were California patch butterflies, Chlosyne californica, which in spite of their common name occur in Arizona, too.



Looks like they might be migrating, as some of them were quite tattered.


They were fueling up on every flower they could find, particularly the rush milkweeds.

I was lucky to have seen them, because by noon they were all gone. Wonder where they are going.

Have you ever seen a butterfly migration?