We have a new butterfly field guide. It's Butterflies of North America by Jim P. Brock & Kenn Kaufman and is part of the Kaufman Focus Guides. With it I was able to identify two butterflies that we had not identified before. The first I found in the early morning.
This is the Common Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia). There were many of them flitting about the grass along the trails this morning but none would hold still for very long. It was a real struggle to get even this rather fuzzy photo.
On the other hand, the butterfly of the afternoon was one of one and it stayed fairly close to an Alfalfa plant. It was not until we brought the photos inside and made them larger on the computer that we were able to identify the butterfly as an Eastern Tailed-blue (Everes comyntas).
The "tails" are very small and we did not notice them when we were looking at the butterfly. Perhaps tomorrow, now that we know what to look for, we will see them.