Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1249239

Afranius Duskywing
Erynnis afranius

Observation date: May 20, 2020
Submitted by: jft48
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: May 24, 2020
Coordinator notes: The duskywings can be tough to ID, but your great images of dorsal and ventral make it easier. Dreamy has no white hyaline spots on the forewing, but your subject has several. The contrasting colors dorsally (gray forewing, brown hindwing) suggest either Afranius or Rocky Mountain. Afranius is the smaller of the two and in your pic this seems like a small butterfly - maybe the body seems large relative to wings, compared to Rocky Mountain. I'm comfortable calling it Afranius. Thanks for submitting!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Bernalillo County