Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1357367

Observation date: May 26, 2023
Submitted by: mjandersen
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I made a quick stop at Jackson Lake en route to Colorado with family, so I didn't have much time to explore. While Euphilotes was in the back of my mind, I was looking for and had hoped to see Juba Skipper, which was reported here about a week ago on iNaturalist. The hillsides were dry, but there was a good showing of blooming wildflowers. I noticed a blooming Eriogonum ovalifolium (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/164698884) and almost immediately saw a tiny blue butterfly nectaring on the plant's spherical, creamy pink-colored flower heads. I am basing this identification on host plant ID, location (NW New Mexico), and Spring flight season, as per Carry and Toliver's Butterflies of New Mexico. As they surmise, this species should fly across NW NM in association with Eriogonum ovalifolium. I saw about six individual plants on this hillside, all flowering, but only this one Euphilotes. It appears fairly worn, suggesting this represents the tail-end of the season. This record is duplicated on iNaturalist here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/164701552
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: May 31, 2023
Coordinator notes: MJ, that's AMAZING! our fist NM sighting in maybe 30 years, and good photos to boot. this is a male, so maybe not TOO late to see females; perhaps thank the retarded season for it being out this late. thanks to you we have a location to investigate going forward. May I please borrow an image to use in BofNM? reply to my personal email: sjcary1@outlook.com
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, San Juan County