Observation notes: Walking around Fish Slough spring, which is on northern edge of Owen's Valley in Mono Co., a location which gets a lot of Owen's Valley floor organisms for Mono Co. Atriplex and hopsage and greasewood plant community. This dark butterfly landed - seemed large (book says Mojave sootywings are small). The habitat seems consistent for Mojave Sootywing, which this may be. It does seem to have small face projections of sootywing. But the tiny white spots, and especially the bronze patches remind me of Pacuvi. duskywing - which this may well be. But it is many miles away from Ceanothus. This spring is surrounded by volcanic tableland. Perhaps this is a Funeral Duskywing? They're known to wander widely, this shows a very thin white trailing edge to HW, and the bronze patches were so obvious. Unfortunately I didn't see underside.
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: April 18, 2019
Coordinator notes: I have seen this species in the Bishop area-Ken Davenport