Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1312173

Mormon Fritillary
Speyeria mormonia

Observation date: September 17, 2021
Submitted by: Cascade Colors
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Feeding on flowers near a pond, elevation somewhere around 10,000 ft I'd say
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: November 20, 2021
Coordinator notes: A female of the Mormon Fritillary. I've searched the area of your sighting (Twin Lakes) on several different occasions for the Northwestern, all unsuccessful (its a historical place for butterflies because Theodore L. Mead stayed and collected butterflies in that area in 1871 and his name is sourced to the name electa, one of the subspecies of the NW). It may stray over across Independence Pass from the Aspen area (which is electa) into the Twin Lakes Valley but not commonly. There are only a few records for the NW much above 9500 feet. Best altitude zone is 7000-9000 feet in almost all the mountains zones in Colorado. Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Lake County