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  Sighting 1278422

Yellow-dotted Alpine
Erebia pawlowskii

Observation date: July 24, 2020
Submitted by: Christian.Nunes
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Very common from the edge of tree-line up until the tundra turned to scree in the vicinity of Wetterhorn and Matterhorn Peaks. They were flying despite cool, overcast, and drizzly weather. If there was just a bit of solar energy they would jump from the ground or even visit flowers. None were seen two days later while climbing Uncompahgre Peak from the Nellie Creek side, which I thought was a little odd since the weather was nicer.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: November 22, 2020
Coordinator notes: I've never hiked into that area....did you see any Boloria improba up there? I see the last photo includes the host willow for improba. Interesting observation regarding Nellie Creek and not seeing pawlowskii. It apparently flew fairly early this year but it is usually very common at the parking area for the trailhead to Uncompahgre Pk. I know someone who did find it there the first week of July. Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Hinsdale County