Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1269147

Sonoran Metalmark
Apodemia mejicanus

Observation date: August 16, 2020
Submitted by: DeepSkyKelly
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Part of the Mormon Metalmark complex. Range seems right. Slight differences in pattern from those shown in Kaufman, but variability might account for that.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: August 18, 2020
Coordinator notes: I agree, it is a complex. For BAMONA, however, in order to approve it I have to pick a species. Within the complex, what you have up there could be called the Front Range Metalmark (Apodemia pueblo). But I think that bug, which has one generation per year in summer, is related to Sonoran Metalmark (Apodemia mejicanus), which starts in the Albuquerque area and continues through much of southern NM, with a spring flight and a summer flight; it looks exactly the same, uses same hostplant, etc. BAMONA lists Sonoran Metalmark, so I'm calling yours that. Complex, yes. thanks for contributing a photo and data point!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Colfax County