Attributes of Apodemia mormo

Mormon Metalmark
Apodemia mormo (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1859)

Family: Riodinidae
Subfamily: Riodininae
Identification: Upperside orange-brown to black, checkered with black and white spots. Tan to brick-red patch on forewing. Underside gray with white spots; forewing with brick-red patch.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.2 - 3.3 cm).
Life History: Males perch in hillside hollows to watch for females. Eggs are laid in groups of 2-4 on lower leaves of host plant, or singly on other parts of plant. Caterpillars rest during the day in shelters of leaves tied together with silk, emerging at night to feed. Young caterpillars feed on leaves, older caterpillars eat leaves and stems.
Flight: July-September in the north, March-October in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various wild buckwheats (Eriogonum).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of Eriogonum and other plants, especially yellow-flowered composites such as Senecio and rabbitbrush..
Habitat: Various arid lands
Range: North Dakota (few) west to Washington, south through to southern California, Arizona, New Mexico.
Conservation: Subspecies langei, which occurs in the Antioch Dunes of California, is endangered due to loss of habitat and host plants (Eriogonum nudum var. auriculatum). Subspecies langei has The Nature Conservancy rank of T1 - critically imperiled because of extreme rarity (5 or fewer occurrences, or very few remaining individuals), or because of some factor of its biology making it especially vulnerable to extinction. (Critically endangered throughout its range).
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Habitat restoration, cultivation of the host plant, and captive breeding of the butterfly may be necessary. For langei control of invasive weedy alien plants by means other than fire is an imperative. Comment: Behr's Metalmark, Mexican Metalmark, and Southwestern Metalmark were previously considered to belong to this species.
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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
August 23, 2014 plex1ppus Lincoln County, Washington, United States August 27, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States August 16, 2014 Details
March 29, 2014 jcampbell El Paso County, Texas, United States April 28, 2014 Details
August 01, 2013 mbehringer Monterey County, California, United States February 11, 2014 Details
September 19, 2013 Chris Carvalho Wasco County, Oregon, United States October 09, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 MAKI Mineral County, Nevada, United States September 18, 2013 Details
September 10, 2013 jeanette@gorge.net Klickitat County, Washington, United States September 13, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 dougback Harding County, South Dakota, United States September 03, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 Kevin Hintsa Alameda County, California, United States August 28, 2013 Details
September 25, 2012 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 09, 2012 Details
September 25, 2012 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 09, 2012 Details
September 09, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Eureka County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 13, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Lincoln County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 31, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 07, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Fresno County, California, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 14, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Ventura County, California, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 20, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Santa Barbara County, California, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 20, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Santa Barbara County, California, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 07, 1977 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 25, 2012 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States October 25, 2012 Details
September 10, 2012 Jeff Trahan Pima County, Arizona, United States September 26, 2012 Details
September 07, 2008 pcastrovillo Boise County, Idaho, United States January 29, 2012 Details
August 07, 2007 Les Malheur County, Oregon, United States January 23, 2012 Details
August 06, 1980 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
September 02, 2011 legacy.reporter (Nick Lethaby) Santa Barbara County, California, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 01, 2011 Joe Schelling--entered by M ODonnell Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States October 03, 2011 Details
May 31, 2011 Joe Schelling--entered by M ODonnell Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States October 03, 2011 Details
August 31, 2011 Jdammarell Lincoln County, Washington, United States September 01, 2011 Details
August 28, 2011 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States August 28, 2011 Details
April 16, 2011 Matt ODonnell Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States August 07, 2011 Details
August 24, 1981 legacy.reporter (unknown) Nevada County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 31, 1992 legacy.reporter (unknown) Modoc County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 10, 1989 legacy.reporter (unknown) Colusa County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 10, 1965 legacy.reporter (unknown) San Bernardino County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 20, 1966 legacy.reporter (S. Ellis & S. Johnson) Inyo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 07, 1966 legacy.reporter (unknown) Inyo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 02, 1963 legacy.reporter (unknown) Mono County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 22, 2006 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) Santa Barbara County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 02, 2011 legacy.reporter (Nick Lethaby) Santa Barbara County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 10, 1992 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Clark County, Nevada, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 07, 1993 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Clark County, Nevada, United States May 01, 2011 Details
March 23, 2011 davidwdroppers Clark County, Nevada, United States March 24, 2011 Details
September 02, 2010 plex1ppus (plex1ppus) Spokane County, Washington, United States February 04, 2011 Details
July 27, 2006 stevecary Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States February 04, 2011 Details
October 01, 1988 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mohave County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 17, 1990 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mohave County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
October 04, 1991 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mohave County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 19, 1996 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 08, 2007 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 08, 2007 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details