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  Sighting 1114942

Mexican Silverspot
Dione moneta

Observation date: April 18, 2017
Submitted by: Eric Eaton
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Feeding on nectar of wild plum on slope at edge of Ponderosa Pine grove in what is otherwise shortgrass prairie with sandstone outcrops.
Status: Stray
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: July 22, 2017
Coordinator notes: This is a COLORADO STATE RECORD. Certainly a stray it is unfortunate the individual was not collected. This is one of those things you see once in a life time. I do not know if any butterfly houses have these among the species being kept. If so it might be an escapee. The individual is a female but it would have to find a cultivated passion flower in order to lay any eggs and because of the time of the year it is doubtful that would happen. Another possibility for it being present here would be that it were accidentally transported from far southern Texas by someone returning from that area. Anyway, just an absolutely Great Record, Mike
Checklist region(s): El Paso County, United States, Colorado