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Western Pygmy Blue

Brephidium exilis exilis


The smallest butterfly of North America and one of the smallest in the world, this species is often found in wastelands and alkali regions. In the SF Bay Area, it is found in large numbers by the brackish water, hosting on saltbushes that thrive in the salty soil.


This cooperative individual allowed me to photograph it with my phone.

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StirredMocha 7 years ago

Thank you Maria dB!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Very nice spotting!

StirredMocha 7 years ago

Thank you for the nomination!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Yes great pics SM

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Wonderful for a phone shot StirredMocha! Beautiful species.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

StirredMocha 7 years ago

Thank you Bonnie and Ivy!

BonnieLewis 7 years ago

Lovely shot!

IvyLi 7 years ago

You are probably addicted to PN. That being said, this is a pretty swaggie pic. So I'll let this one slide.

StirredMocha 7 years ago

Thank you all for the positive comments and favorites!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Beautiful spotting, StirredMocha!

Hema 7 years ago


Amazing !

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Sunnyvale, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 24, 2013
Submitted on Aug 24, 2014

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