The Smallest Butterfly in the World

The Spring Mountains in Nevada are home to the smallest butterfly in the world,
Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis).

I spotted this one back in the summer of 2006 near the mouth of North Canyon below McFarland Peak. I have seen them this summer already as well. Their wingspan ranges from just 15 to 19 milimetres.


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dmiki - Mar 27, 2008 1:38 am - Voted 10/10

excellent capture

for something so tiny

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Mar 27, 2008 3:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: excellent capture

Thank you. It was unbelievable how small he was. I also took some photos with my hand in them that day to show his size better.

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