Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1144665

California Giant-Skipper
Agathymus stephensi

Observation date: October 02, 2017
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: First Saw these airborne around 1030 am flying rapidly, later in the afternoon some were sitting on agave. they would fly when startled then land again. this one landed on warm rock to sun and get warm. They blend in very well on local rocks, almost impossible to spot if you don't see them land. also saw metalmarks blues sulphur northern white and some grass skippers mostly though cal sister everywhere. very diverse area oaks cacti yucca, willows cottonwood mountain to desert transition, tons of shrubs of many different variety also succulents several different climate zones in this area from mountain to low colorado desert floor around 4,000 ft. at start of hike. also trail there that goes to toro peak probably 6-7000 ft. to the north is mt San Jacinto at 10,700. ft saw at least a dozen of these/ today!
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: October 02, 2017
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): Riverside County, United States, California