Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1308910

Mexican Metalmark
Apodemia mejicanus

Observation date: May 06, 2020
Submitted by: Rob Wu
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Nectaring on thicksepal Cryptantha in foothills area near Markham Spring, WSMR.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: September 09, 2021
Coordinator notes: Rob, I'll accept this as duryi, while confessing that I have little confidence distinguishing it from mejicanus. more learning is sought . . . and now I am feeling more confident in my opinion that this is Mexican, not Dury's. this is based on its grey eyes and the two-toned dorsal hindwing. Dury's has a unicolor orange dorsal hindwing and green eyes. those two character-pairs seem to hold true in every live photo I reviewed in BAMONA and iNaturalist. so now I think they mean something. of course, this is just a continuation of the conversation, but that's where I am at the moment. I invite your feedback, and more photos of either species if you have them. thanks!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico