Rare spring butterfly
After the earliest butterflies of the spring season (Mourning Cloaks, Eastern Comma and the like) the next group I watch for are elfins. Elfins are nickel-sized brown butterflies, often quite active. Some of them are rare (like the Frosted Elfin below) others are relatively common, such as Brown Elfin. Since they are small and fast and a bit out of the ordinary, they are always a good find, even the common species.
Here’s a Frosted Elfin I found today:
In Massachusetts, Frosted Elfin is a special concern species because of human encroachment on their habitats. They are rare in Massachusetts – unless you know where to look!