Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1344993

Mormon Metalmark
Apodemia mormo

Observation date: September 22, 2022
Submitted by: ksharum
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I observed probably upwards of six of these butterflies in small shrubs found between an open field and juniper-oak woodland just in passing. Some were on buckwheat flowers (Eriogonum sp) but all were on or near small, flowering shrubs. At least two sightings were of a pair of butterflies and the others were solitary. The weather was sunny, in the mid-70s (F), and dry following recent rain that occurred three days prior.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: September 24, 2022
Coordinator notes: These are mormo, not virgulti. At your locality these fly only in late summer and fall. The real virgulti fly in the Sierra Madre Range in April and May and are very blackish-Ken Davenport