Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1088276

Polixenes Arctic
Oeneis polixenes

Observation date: June 28, 2016
Submitted by: janazak
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: alpine
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: July 16, 2016
Coordinator notes: Worn - either Oeneis bore or polixenes......Coordinator for Colorado: I can confidently identify this butterfly as Oeneis polixenes. It is not bore because the veins on the hindwing are not white, they are dark, hence the common name "White-veined Arctic" for O. bore. We have both species in Colorado (ssp. brucei and edwardsii - the picture actually looks very much like our brucei !) so there is no doubt as to the identity of this individual of arctic. Mike
Checklist region(s): Canada, Yukon Territory