Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Tropical Leafwing
Anaea aidea

Observation date: April 27, 2023
Date notes: Images over an ~2-hour timeframe.
Submitted by: jamesvonloh
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Leafwing was displaying, foraging, resting, and defending territory of an open area where Sotol Creek crosses the Pine Tree Trail above Aguirre Springs Campground. Individual preferred perches on dead branches and trunks. The afternoon was sunny, windy, and warm.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: May 04, 2023
Coordinator notes: Is it possible that Tropical has replaced Goatweed in the Organ Mtns? Amazing. and these are terrific images, Jim. I don't recall ever seeing one take moisture, which you have now documented. and I'd like to borrow one or two images for BofNM if that's OK with you.
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Doña Ana County