Lupines are blooming everywhere right now, with whole hillsides covered in blue, and these little butterflies come out when lupines bloom because it is one of their host plants on which they lay their eggs. I did not catch the iridescence of the wings with watercolor pigment. Anyhow, these butterflies love to “puddle”–that is, they find some damp sand or mud and the males collect there by the hundreds to slurp up some sort of minerals they need in order to breed, and I guess also to discuss how to find the female butterflies who are less brilliant but also beautiful. The first time I drove through a puddle where they collected I had my car windows open and went through a butterfly attack. They filled the car and I had to stop and shoo them all out before continuing.