Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1368709

Chryxus Arctic
Oeneis chryxus

Observation date: August 14, 2023
Submitted by: Dobber31
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Cool, 54 degrees, and mostly cloudy morning up at Sonora Pass. It had just rained. Saw this butterfly in fir and pine adjacent to a meadow just WSW of the pass. Thought it might be a moth the way it was flying. stalked it around for about ten minutes before I was able to get close for a picture. Obviously a bit beat up, which may have helped me get close to it. Still thought it might be a moth until I saw Robert Gorman's recent submission for this insect. First time sighting for me, and the first I've ever heard of this species.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: August 20, 2023
Coordinator notes: Subspecies stanislaus-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Tuolumne County