I thought people would enjoy this as much as I did.
My cousin, Clay Speas, sent along some photos of one of the rarest butterflies in the world. They live in the forest where he is a park ranger. The butterfly (Uncompahgre Fritillary butterfly) is known to occur in 13 small colonies just below 14,000 ft peaks in Colorado. Each colony exists in a 2-5 acre area. Their preferred habitat is snowberry. The butterfly emerges from their cocoon in June through July, flies around for a few days, breed, and dies. Their eggs survive through the long winters on the backside of snowberry leaves.