Although the snow is still falling, the first pollinator heralds of spring have begun to appear. On a recent hike I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this comma butterfly soaking up some sun. Along with the morning cloaks, these are some of the earliest butterflies you'll see in spring. This weekend also marked my first sighting of a Hunt's bumble bee and a blue orchard bee in town.
I am a Postdoctoral Associate at CU-Boulder and have lead a number of projects studying patterns of native bee diversity in Colorado. Please enjoy your visit and contact me if you have any questions.