Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1309300

Tropical Least Skipper
Ancyloxypha arene

Observation date: August 20, 2021
Submitted by: mjandersen
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Three or four individuals present in thick grasses in the wet ditch at the Romero Road entrance to the Corrales Bosque. Sandoval County, NM.
Status: Temporary Colonist
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: September 09, 2021
Coordinator notes: MJ, your lovely photos do a great job of showing that Tropical Least Skipper has expended its range north into Sandoval County. this is a new record for Sandoval County and a northward range extension for this little skipper, which has previously been known along the Rio Grande from Bernalillo County south to El Paso. It may be a temporary colony, or perhaps it is now permanently established there. time will tell.
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Sandoval County