First time I ever saw this elfin beauty was on the property in March of 2001 before our house was built (there's a photo of it in my August 30, 2009 post). I was enamored at first sight, as I never imagined that a butterfly could possibly come in any shade of green.
Late Saturday afternoon, I saw this fellow flitting about the San Diego Viguiera that are blooming in the front garden.
3/20/10 Bramble Green Hairstreak (Callophyrs dumetorum) on San Diego Viguiera (Viguiera laciniata).
The field guide An Introduction to Southern California Butterflies (Fred Heath) describes this species as follows: "This common early spring butterfly has a dark brown upper wing surface that makes it difficult to follow in flight. And when it lands on a plant, its green undersides make it seem to disappear altogether. When you finally locate the Bramble Hairstreak, it is a striking emerald jewel, a treat to behold. The peak of its abundance seems to be around Saint Patrick's Day; what could be more fitting for this bright green butterfly?"