Observation notes: With warm weather, a few metalmarks were observed on the lowest fringe of the type habitat (SE toeslope of Tortugas Mountain), perched on and flying among range ratany dwarf shrubs. They are very difficult to approach, this perching individual was the only one photo-documented of ~8-10 observed. The afternoon was warm, featured a light breeze and small gusts, and the landscape is dry, with no nectaring plants with flowers available. Range ratany is not yet producing leaves or flowers, serving primarily as hiding cover and perching sites.
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: March 26, 2022
Coordinator notes: Jim, thanks for being out there with your eyes open.