Sandia hairstreaks are our state butterfly and they’re mostly around in the Sandia foothills during the month of March. I really wasn’t sure I’d seen more than a single butterfly until yesterday — it seemed as if they showed up later than usual this year. I’m happy to say they’re now out in force.

Over the years, I’ve taken only a handful of photos showing them using their proboscis. Yesterday, however, I managed to get an entire sequence of one drinking from a tiny flower (maybe a golden currant bush), then rolling its proboscis back up. So exciting!

Here’s an animated gif:

Sandia Hairstreak using its proboscis

Sandia Hairstreak and Proboscis