I soon found Henry’s Elfins, but the position of the Redbuds allowed only backlit views.
I took my search to the east side of the field where I found a group of Redbuds receiving sunlight from just the right angle.
Several Henry’s Elfins were in the trees, but they were keeping to the tree tops. Besides that, most seemed to have buried themselves in the clusters of Redbud blooms.
Finally, I found some that offered a clearer view. Their numbers are already higher than usual, and their season has not yet peaked.
The bright green of the Olive Hairstreak is easy to spot among the pink Redbud blooms.
Olive Hairstreaks visit Redbud flowers strictly for the nectar. Their larvae feed on Eastern Red Cedar, which is extremely common here. Looking for these butterflies on the Redbuds is the easiest way to assess their numbers.