Observation date: April 03, 2022
Submitted by: jamesvonloh
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This individual metalmark, with tattered wings, nectared from pricklyleaf dogweed flowers at the southern end of the main (upper) hiking trail on east-facing slope of Tortugas Mountain. This site is approximately one mile south of the type habitat and at higher elevation, within an ocotillo/mixed succulent plant community. It may be a recent migrant on its flight to the type site where approximately 15 metalmarks were observed on this day. The afternoon day was warm, moderately windy, and under full sun.
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: April 05, 2022
Coordinator notes: I appreciate the detailed notes. this seems to be a female, based on the bulky abdomen, and her movements are probably motivated at least in part by the need to place eggs. maybe the first images of a female . . .