Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1331151

Acacia Skipper
Cogia hippalus

Observation date: July 03, 2022
Submitted by: jamesvonloh
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Small, muddy depression near an arroyo bottom crossed by Soledad Canyon hiking trail, attracted this skipper along with marine and Reakirt's blues to take nutrients from the silty/small gravel substrate. While the skipper extracted nutrients primarily, it also seemed to deposit eggs against gravel pebbles in the depression. The mid-day was hot and breezy under full sunshine.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: July 05, 2022
Coordinator notes: Jim, these are terrific images and notes. it is fairly routine for butterflies on hot summer days to settle at damp soil, insert proboscides into the soil, then siphon up fluids; we generally think this is to replace electrolytes. Once electrolytes are extracted, they release fluids that exceed their water needs of the moment. We don't want them to become water balloons!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Doña Ana County