Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1234318

Mormon Metalmark
Apodemia mormo

Observation date: July 24, 2019
Submitted by: Christian.Nunes
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: A single individual nectaring at the blooms of Jame's buckwheat along a road cut not far from the east side of interstate 25. I understand the taxonomy of these are a little complex. I believe the appropriate name is as suggested, Apodemia mejicanus pueblo, but I'm not sure what the proper common name would be. Some call it Mexican Metalmark, while others use that name for A. duryi. BAMONA uses the name Sonoran Metalmark for A. mejicanus. Formerly part of the Mormon Metalmark (A. mormo) complex.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: September 23, 2019
Coordinator notes: I agree with the scientific name and you are also correct in that the taxonomy is still somewhat up in the air. It is worse elsewhere in the SW but I think some progress is being made on defining which names are actually species and not subspecies. I think all of ours will remain A. mormo even though I found characters that suggest A. mejicanus (BOC 4, p. 3). Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Las Animas County