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  Sighting 1193974

Mormon Metalmark
Apodemia mormo

Observation date: September 23, 2018
Submitted by: Annava
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: A few butterflies on each of goldenbush. About 30-40 large bushes in full bloom in the canyon. Many bees and other pollinators. Manzanita - oak- chamis-buckwheat.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: November 06, 2018
Coordinator notes: On this individual, it appears to be Apodemia mormo tuolumnensis which is common in the Old Ridge Route. Behr's Metalmark to my knowledge does not occur there, but Apodemia mormo tuolumensis (cythera group) and Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia virgulti virgulti both occur in the Lake Castaic/Hughes Lake area. Apodemia virgulti davenporti (named after me) does occur high up on the Old Ridge Route, but only in the spring. The cythera group is a more light orange with less black. Always put specific localities in addition to the golden dot. There are at least 7 entities in the Mormon Metalmark complex in the Ridge Route area: At least two of them are not yet named-Ken Davenport