Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1164852

Pacific Dotted-Blue
Euphilotes enoptes

Observation date: June 16, 2018
Submitted by: Lisahug
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I know I am out of my depth here, but I want to call this a Rita Blue. I was attracted to the smudginess on the underside of the forewing and the lack of checkering on the forewing fringe. It has very little orange in the hindwing and there is that subspecies calneva that lacks orange - so in-between. But, then, Rita is supposed to be a late-season butterfly, so maybe I should just admit I don't know. attracted to muddy road. edge of riparian/juniper/sagebrush habitats, about 8000 feet. field trip led by Kristie Nelson.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: June 25, 2018
Coordinator notes: Yes, too early for Euphilotes pallescens. There is a possibility this is an unknown Euphilotes, but if so, I'll error on the side of being conservative. Nominate enoptes is well distributed-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): Mono County, United States, California