Butterflies and Moths of North America

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New Mexico

Sighting Record 1268374

Observation Notes: 
nectaring on flea bane (and hanging on in a stiff breeze that was blowing the flowers around.) Mid 70s
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Sandoval County
Location Notes: 
Across the first bridge after the Las Conchas trail head.
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 35.8171512605162, -106.53260211424482

Date of Observation *: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 13:04
Suggested Identification: 
Tailed copper
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1268359

Observation Notes: 
Nectaring on fleabane. Sunny, quite breezy (the butterflies were clinging to blowing flowers).
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Sandoval County
Location Notes: 
Just across the first bridge from the Las Conchas trail head.
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 35.81676247321474, -106.532587989498

Date of Observation *: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 13:00
Suggested Identification: 
Purplish Copper
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1268347

Observation Notes: 
Nectaring on cutleaf cone flower. Sunny mid 70s.
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Sandoval County
Location Notes: 
Along the Las Conchas trail looking at a large clump of cutleaf coneflowers with both commas and frittilaries flitting around them.
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 35.8255967788642, -106.51128027364499

Date of Observation *: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 12:29
Suggested Identification: 
Green Comma
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1268332

Observation Notes: 
Male nectaring on Common Sunflower.
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Santa Fe County
Location Notes: 
Santa Fe, Dale Ball Trails, near Cerro Gordo Road at approx. 7,300 ft. elev.
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 35.68700824249515, -105.89650890774358

Date of Observation *: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:32
Suggested Identification: 
Orange Sulphur
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1268198

Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 32.23191604219891, -106.80311679840088

Date of Observation *: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 11:00
Suggested Identification: 
Viceroy
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1268096

Observation Notes: 
At 11:20am on 7 Aug 2020 just down slope from the Clanton Canyon Tank, in the Peloncillo Moutains of sw. New Mexico, Jodhan Fine, Saunders Drukker, and I discovered a female Ursine Giant Skipper. She was flying rapidly in repetitive cycles around an area of about 100 sq. ft. in transitional habitat from yucca grasslands to mixed oak and Chihuahua Pine forest. The exact coordinates are as follows (31.520670, -109.014663). Skies were light overcast. We first noted her large size (easily 3" in length) and her rapid, audible flight. As she flipped passed us her wings made a soft cracking sound, reminiscent of some grasshopper species. Her wings were black, with large orange panels in the forewing, visible during flight. Even in flight her frosty blueish sheen and glowing white antennae were apparent. She rarely landed but when she did it was for less than 4 seconds in order to deposit a small whitish egg, with one reddish-brown splotch, on a yucca leaf. I obtained photos of her and her egg. They are uploaded to the sighting. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. What an amazing find! I've wanted to see this bear of a bug for many years.
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Hidalgo County
Location Notes: 
Just down slope from the Clanton Canyon Tank, in the Peloncillo Moutains of sw. New Mexico; Coronado NF. Transitional habitat from yucca grasslands to mixed oak and Chihuahua Pine forest.
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 31.5176956, -109.0170239

Date of Observation *: 
Friday, August 7, 2020 - 11:20
Suggested Identification: 
Ursine Giant Skipper (Megathymus ursus)
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1267849

Observation Notes: 
Extremely small. Two-toned wings. White bar on lower fringe of inside forewing. Many individuals fluttering around a thick stand of saltbush.
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Colfax County
Location Notes: 
Sugarite Canyon State Park; Lake Alice Trail. Dense stand of saltbush.
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 36.947602594207176, -104.38316197128876

Date of Observation *: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 16:11
Suggested Identification: 
Western Pygmy-Blue
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1267537

Observation Notes: 
Moderately cloudy weather, mid 80's (Fahrenheit). Adult insect was solitary, inactive, sitting on a Rudbeckia laciniata. No apparent pollination was occurring.
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Torrance County
Location Notes: 
Occurred directly in semi-moist creek bed at the bottom of Trigo Canyon in the Manzano Mountain Wilderness. Approximately 2mi from trailhead.
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 34.660986301914086, -106.44856705998856

Date of Observation *: 
Friday, August 7, 2020 - 14:53
Suggested Identification: 
Callophrys sp.
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1267190

Observation Notes: 
Worn individual nectaring on Teasel blossoms adjacent to a treated effluent discharge stream.
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Santa Fe County
Location Notes: 
East of Los Alamos, Lower Pueblo Canyon Wetlands, east southeast of the water treatment plant at approx. 6,520 ft. elev.
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 35.88043100978637, -106.24374370402387

Date of Observation *: 
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:21
Suggested Identification: 
Two-tailed Swallowtail
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly

Sighting Record 1266840

Observation Notes: 
I saw 3 of them. I only manged 1 decent photo.
Region: 
United States
New Mexico
Geolocation *: 

Geolocation is 32.25586847211622, -106.8218000478459

Date of Observation *: 
Friday, August 7, 2020 - 10:20
Suggested Identification: 
Painted Crescent
Specimen Type: 
Photograph
Organism Type: 
butterfly