Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 545288

Chryxus Arctic
Oeneis chryxus

Observation date: July 13, 2011
Submitted by: cpcdolan
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: July 23, 2011
Coordinator notes: Oeneis chryxus and Oeneis calais are considered by some to be separate species. O. chryxus in general fly at lower altitudes and in even-number years. It is rarely seen in odd-number years (as is 2011). O. calais fly at higher altitude and in both even or odd number years. There are ways to tell the two apart but specimens are necessary. We are still accumulating data regarding the distribution of both of these arctics in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains (see Scott, 2006 - Papilio #12, New Series (privately published journal, 2006).
Checklist region(s): Mineral County, Colorado, United States