Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1333336

Tiny Checkerspot
Dymasia dymas

Observation date: July 15, 2022
Submitted by: jamesvonloh
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Having recently emerged, these small checkerspots are present in moderate numbers in a few lower canyon locations along the Organ Mountains, including Achenbach Canyon. Monsoon rainfall resulted in the flowering of wire lettuce/skeletonweed, croton, stinging serpent, umbrellawort, and other plant species from which the checkerspots nectared, displayed, and courted. This posting depicts pair bonding/courtship flights based on wire lettuce/skeletonweed nectar plants. The midday was hot, sunny, and with light wind and gusts.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: July 21, 2022
Coordinator notes: this is terrific, Jim. thanks so much!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Doña Ana County