Last week, I visited Xochicalco – an amazing archaeological site in the state of Morelos in Mexico. The ruins date from ca. 700-900 A.D., and include both residential and ceremonial structures.
Xochicalco was constructed in multiple levels atop high hills, providing fantastic views of the surrounding area.
But the ruins and spectacular views weren’t the only beautiful things I found there. I previously visited Xochicalco in the dry season and it looked very different. The grass was yellow or absent in some places, and many of the trees were missing foliage. Now, in the wet season, the site is lush and green.
There must have been thousands of butterflies – more than I’ve ever seen in one place! Previously, I’d seen a maximum of ~20 species at a time in outings around Morelos. That day at Xochicalco, I must have seen more than 50. The only frustrating part was that I couldn’t photograph them all. They were so busy feeding and mating that few of them would sit still long enough for a picture. But I did my best. Here are just a few, grouped by family. A huge thanks to Andy Warren (@AndyBugGuy) for helping me with identifications.
Whites and Yellows (Pieridae):
There were so many more species I wasn’t able to photograph! I plan to return as soon as possible to try again.
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