Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1155395

Polixenes Arctic
Oeneis polixenes

Observation date: July 01, 2016
Date notes: Hike up to Katahdin "tablelands" via the Hunt Trail. Partly Sunny and pleasant
Submitted by: wvbirder
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Low flying becuase of a breeze. would fly 20-30ft then land. Saw 4 over the period of one hour. Partly sunny and pleasant (for Katahdin. Temps estimated to be in the 50's
Status: Resident
Verified by: rosslayberry
Verified date: April 18, 2018
Coordinator notes: I was going by Butterflies of Canada. Apparently none of the Canadian subspecies of polixenes or melissa has eyespots, so these specimens had to be jutta. It did not occur to me that the Katahdin subspecies would have eyespots, but the Opler book of Easten Butteflies shows that they do. So these photos, with well-developed median bands o the hindwing, are clearly polixenes.
Checklist region(s): Piscataquis County, United States, Maine