Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1291206

Nelson's Hairstreak
Callophrys nelsoni

Observation date: May 03, 2021
Submitted by: glennfine
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Nectaring on manzanita
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: May 21, 2021
Coordinator notes: This was a tough one. I am assuming this was near Incense Cedars, not junipers. As before, Andrew Warren placed nelsoni in the Siskiyou Mountains. The placement of nelsoni as a gryneus did not pass the genomic test. Nelsoni is a different species, but siva and some or all muiri may also be nelsoni subspecies. The muiri are split, those from southern California are nelsoni, those further north have different DNA.-confused?, join the crowd.-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Siskiyou County