Attributes of Calephelis virginiensis

Little Metalmark
Calephelis virginiensis (Guérin-Méneville, [1832])

Family: Riodinidae
Subfamily: Riodininae
Identification: The only metalmark of the southeast Atlantic coastal plain. Small. Upperside rusty orange, with fringes dark and not checkered. Underside brighter orange.
Wing Span: 1/2 - 1 inch (1.3 - 2.5 cm).
Life History: Males perch on low-growing plants to wait for females. Eggs are laid singly on host plant leaves. Caterpillars rest underneath leaves during the day, emerging at night and on cloudy days to feed.
Flight: Three to five broods from March-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Yellow thistle (Cirsium horridulum).
Adult Food: Short-flowered composites including yarrow, lance-leaved coreopsis, fine-leaved sneezeweed, and blue mist flower.
Habitat: Grassy areas of the coastal plain and in open pine woods, savannah, and salt-marsh meadows.
Range: Atlantic coastal plain and piedmont from Maryland south to Florida and the Keys; west along the Gulf coast to southeast Texas.
Conservation: Colonies are localized but apparently conservation concern is minimal.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 25, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States September 13, 2016 Details
March 15, 2015 Ron Smith Collier County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
September 21, 2013 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 cyric Martin County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
July 01, 2013 jperesich Grady County, Georgia, United States June 27, 2014 Details
September 11, 2013 jrfleullan McIntosh County, Georgia, United States September 27, 2013 Details
May 19, 2013 Jeff Trahan Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States May 26, 2013 Details
January 13, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States February 11, 2013 Details
October 13, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 30, 2012 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States November 07, 2012 Details
August 08, 2012 Corkscrew Collier County, Florida, United States August 16, 2012 Details
May 27, 2012 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States June 15, 2012 Details
May 10, 1991 legacy.reporter (SPH) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 12, 1991 legacy.reporter (SPH) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 11, 1991 legacy.reporter (SPH) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 10, 1991 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 29, 1992 legacy.reporter (HEL) Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 03, 1992 legacy.reporter (SPH) Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 05, 1993 legacy.reporter (HEL,SPH) Carteret County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 29, 1994 legacy.reporter (SPH) Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 03, 1995 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 23, 1995 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 20, 1995 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 19, 1995 legacy.reporter (SPH) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 19, 1995 legacy.reporter (SPH) Onslow County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 30, 1995 legacy.reporter (SPH) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 31, 1995 legacy.reporter (SPH) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 01, 1995 legacy.reporter (SPH) Onslow County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 04, 1995 legacy.reporter (HEL) Carteret County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 05, 1995 legacy.reporter (B. Sullivan) Carteret County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 13, 1995 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 13, 1995 legacy.reporter (B. Sullivan) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 14, 1995 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 17, 1995 legacy.reporter (D. Carter, J. Pippen) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 27, 1995 legacy.reporter (R. Dirig) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 12, 1995 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 13, 1995 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 23, 1996 legacy.reporter (D. Carter) Carteret County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 29, 1996 legacy.reporter (SPH) Carteret County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 10, 1996 legacy.reporter (D. Carter) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 15, 1996 legacy.reporter (J. Pippen) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 03, 1997 legacy.reporter (D. Carter) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 31, 1997 legacy.reporter (HEL,Pippen) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 03, 1997 legacy.reporter (R. Dirig) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 03, 1997 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 22, 1999 legacy.reporter (HEL) Craven County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 22, 1999 legacy.reporter (HEL) Carteret County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 09, 1999 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 26, 2000 legacy.reporter (HEL) Pender County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 27, 2000 legacy.reporter (HEL,Emmitt) Carteret County, North Carolina, United States May 01, 2011 Details