Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1211258

Dotted Checkerspot
Poladryas minuta

Observation date: June 08, 2019
Submitted by: Christian.Nunes
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Two males observed raiting on limestone ridge tops. A third individual, likely a female was seen lower down on a saddle between two plateaus. It visited a small forb and appeared to palpate or lay an egg under a leaf. I looked closely but couldn't find an egg. I believe it was a (Penstemon auriberbis) plant that was not yet in bloom.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: September 21, 2019
Coordinator notes: The ones in southeastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico are actually the intermediates between Texas minuta and arachne northward so we only have "near" minuta minuta. Apparently, minuta is extinct at the Texas type locality. Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Las Animas County