Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1309241

Tropical Leafwing
Anaea aidea

Observation date: September 24, 2017
Submitted by: Rob Wu
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Flushed from a perch in a rocky chute in pinyon/juniper woodland on NE slope along the Gyp Hills, WSMR.
Status: Temporary Colonist
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: September 09, 2021
Coordinator notes: Rob, the contrasting lighting in the photo makes it challenging to be sure of the various diagnostic marks, but with that said, I agree this appears to be a Tropical Leafwing. This is a new species for Sierra County and a considerable northward range extension. The freshness of the specimen suggests it is not a stray. Given the significance of the record, do you have any additional photos to share, which might solidify the ID?
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Sierra County