Linda M. Feltner
Blue on Blue
Black-billed Magpie & Lupine Blue Butterfly
(Pica hudsonia & Plebejus lupini)
9 x 12 inches
Magpies are large and flashy relatives of the jay and crow family. At a distance, they appear black and white. When sunstruck, they gleam with iridescent blues and greens. Like most corvids, they are highly inquisitive, intelligent, and social. Widespread in the western U.S., they might pursue butterflies in a flash of blue.