Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1079011

'Alpine' Sheridan's Hairstreak
Callophrys lemberti

Observation date: April 17, 2016
Submitted by: Kristie Nelson
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Briefly appeared at spring; local plants include nettle, riparian, and yellowbuckwheats. Despite searching specifically for them, I never saw a "green" type hairstreak last year. I butterflied this spring almost daily llast spring, never saw one. If this is C. p. superperplexa, sounds like it may be a more northerly location than typically seen? Location is about 7000'. Today was first warm day of the year, first day with significant butterfly appearances (first blues, etc. of the year)
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: April 18, 2016
Coordinator notes: The proplem here is whether or not there is one species or two being called superperplexa and whether or not your individual is dumetorum or a sheridanii lemberti. DNA as yet does not tell us. So for now, best to call this lemberti which uses yellow flowered buckwheats; Eriogonum fasciculatum (a host for dumetorum) is not likely at Mono Lake-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Mono County