Butterflies of Embudito Canyon

Embudito Canyon is located in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains on the east side of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Shown here are photographs of seventy-two butterfly species seen from 2011 to 2023,
from the parking lot at the end of Trailhead Road a little more than half a mile through the wash up to the waterfall dam*.
Most of the photographs were taken at that location, but a few are from other locations because a better image was available.

*Mead's Wood-Nymph seen 8/15/21 along the upper trail above and east of the dam.

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PAPILIONIDAE - Parnassians and Swallowtails

Black Swallowtail
(Papilio polyxenes)

Western Tiger Swallowtail
(Papilio rutulus)

Two-tailed Swallowtail
(Papilio multicaudata)

PIERIDAE - Whites and Sulphurs

Southwestern Orangetip
(Anthocharis sara thoosa)

Spring White
(Pontia sisymbrii)

Checkered White
(Pontia protodice)

Cabbage White
(Pieris rapae)

Clouded Sulphur
(Colias philodice)

Orange Sulphur
(Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface
(Zerene cesonia)

Sleepy Orange
(Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur
(Nathalis iole)

LYCAENIDAE - Gossamer-wing Butterflies

Tailed Copper
(Lycaena arota)

Great Purple Hairstreak
(Atlides halesus)

Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus)

Sandia Hairstreak
(Callophrys mcfarlandi)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)

Western Pygmy-Blue
(Brephidium exile)

Square-spotted Blue
(Euphilotes battoides)

Echo Azure
(Celastrina echo)

Ceraunus Blue
(Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue
(Echinargus isola)

Acmon/Lupine Blue
(Plebejus acmon/lupini)

RIODINIDAE - Metalmarks

Sonoran Metalmark
(Apodemia mejicanus)

NYMPHALIDAE - Brush-footed Butterflies

American Snout
(Libytheana carinenta)

(Danaus plexippus)

(Danaus gilippus)

Common Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis pegala)

Mead's Wood-Nymph
(Cercyonis meadii)

Canyonland Satyr
(Cyllopsis pertepida)

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)

Weidemeyer's Admiral
(Limenitis weidemeyerii)

Arizona Sister
(Adelpha eulalia)

Hackberry Emperor
(Asterocampa celtis)

American Lady
(Vanessa virginiensis)

Painted Lady
(Vanessa cardui)

West Coast Lady
(Vanessa annabella)

Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)

California Tortoiseshell
(Nymphalis californica)

Mourning Cloak
(Nymphalis antiopa)

Question Mark
(Polygonia interrogationis)

Hoary Comma
(Polygonia gracilis)

Gray Buckeye
(Junonia grisea)

Fulvia Checkerspot
(Chlosyne fulvia)

Bordered Patch
(Chlosyne lacinia)

Field Crescent
(Phyciodes pulchella)

Mylitta Crescent
(Phyciodes mylitta)

Texan Crescent
(Anthanassa texana)


Silver-spotted Skipper
(Epargyreus clarus)

Short-tailed Skipper
(Zestusa dorus)

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades)

Golden-headed Scallopwing
(Staphylus ceos)

Common Sootywing
(Pholisora catullus)

Mexican Sootywing
(Pholisora mejicanus)

Sleepy Duskywing
(Erynnis brizo)

Rocky Mtn. Duskywing
(Erynnis telemachus)

Meridian Duskywing
(Erynnis meridianus)

Funereal Duskywing
(Erynnis funeralis)

Common Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus communis)

Yucca Giant-Skipper
(Megathymus yuccae)

Orange Skipperling
(Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Bronze Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes aenus)

Oslar's Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes oslari)

Dotted Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes eos)

Fiery Skipper
(Hylephilia phyleus)

Apache Skipper
(Hesperia woodgatei)

Pahaska Skipper
(Hesperia pahaska)

Green Skipper
(Hesperia viridis)

Dun Skipper
(Euphyes vestris)

Viereck's Skipper
(Atrytonopsis vierecki)

Margarita Skipper
(Atrytonopsis margarita)

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