March 17, 2008

Female upperside of a Martial’s hairstreak basking in the wind at the Blowing Rocks Nature Conservancy Preserve on Jupiter Island, Florida, perhaps the northernmost colony of this uncommon and uncommonly beautiful species. Photograph by Alana Edwards.

Male Martial’s hairstreak. Photographed by Alana Edwards.

Caterpillar and adult of Atala hairstreaks. Photographed by Alana Edwards in her backyard in Boca Raton, Florida.

Chrysalides of the Atala hairstreak, once thought to be extinct, and namesake of Xerces’ erstwhile journal. Now rebounding on ornamental and wild cycads around Miami. Taken on coontie, the native cycad at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Photo by Thea Linnaea Pyle.

Bob Pyle studying Atala hairstreaks. Photographed by Alana Edwards in her backyard in Boca Raton, Florida.

Bob, palm, and Miami — as close as we needed or wanted to get. Here at Mattheson Hammock, we found the striking larvae and pupae of mangrove skippers (Phocides pygmalion) on red mangroves. Photo by Thea Linnaea Pyle.

Martial’s hairstreak on sea grape. Photographed by Alana Edwards.