The trail winds up a wash with lots of desert apricot bushes, which give the canyon its name. There were lots of mint flowers in bloom. I had been hoping to see Great Purple Hairstreaks and the winter color form of Leda Ministreak. I saw lots of species of butterflies there- about 15. The first one that paused long enough to be photographed were a bunch of American Snout butterflies.
A few minutes later I managed to find a Leda Ministreak. It was also the only one that I saw- but also a reasonable cooperative subject, and in this case a good specimen.
We saw interesting insects other than butterflies, too. This Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis sp.) preys on live tarantulas. It stings them, drags the papalyzed spiders back to its burrow and lays eggs in them. The developing wasp larvae feed on the internal organs of the tarantulas. Befitting a species with such large prey, the was is huge and has a fearsome sting. I gave this one a wide berth. I don't think I have ever seen one in California before, though they are quite common in Arizona.