Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1205019

Sonoran Metalmark
Apodemia mejicanus

Observation date: May 09, 2019
Submitted by: ezeemonee
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Perched on Cactus in Texas Springs Canyon. Partly cloudy day in the 80’s F.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: May 23, 2019
Coordinator notes: Ezee, thanks for submitting this observation. The relationship between Dury's and Mexican metalmarks east of Las Cruces is curious (as best we know). They almost seem to co-occur, but Mexican is higher with 2 annual broods while Dury's is lower with 3 annual broods. Also different host plants. The large amount of dark scaling on the upper side rules out Dury's, which is very 'blonde.'
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico