Observation date: July 16, 2022
Submitted by: jamesvonloh
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: One of three DMMs observed at mid-day, this one is a female depositing eggs among the newly emerging leaves of littleleaf ratany dwarf shrubs (note in image #5 the egg has just emerged and in image #6, immediately below the abdomen tip, the glossy white egg nestled among the ratany leaves). The site is within habitat for this limited-range species, along the east-facing footslope of Tortugas Mountain and within five meters of a similar egg deposition event during the spring, 2022. Newly emerged DMMs were perched, displaying, and depositing eggs and there are some nectaring opportunities available from flowers of viscid acacia, creosotebush, and littleleaf sumac (2nd flowering). Additional monsoon rainfall is needed to support this stand through the summer and early fall seasons. The mid-day was hot, under full sun, and with light gusting wind.
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: July 19, 2022
Coordinator notes: Jim, these are dynamite photography. This shows the summer brood (offspring of the spring eggs) is now active. Anticipating your OK, I've uploaded image #5 to BofNM. Thank you!