Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 550766

Mexican Cloudywing
Thorybes mexicana

Observation date: July 05, 2011
Submitted by: cpcdolan
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: None.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: August 10, 2011
Coordinator notes: The submitter suggested T. pylades, the Northern Cloudywing. T. pylades is usually larger while T. mexicana always averages smaller. T. pylades has a white spot on the approximate center and on the leading edge of the forewings (below it is usually a series of three spots originating from the edge)and males have a costal fold which T. mexicana males lack. The photo does not well enough show that detail but the forewing clearly shows a white spot about center but off of the leading edge of the wing (the costa) and a white bar (sometimes this is also just a spot) on the underside of the forewing as well which are characteristic to T. mexicana. This I think male is attending a Primrose (or bindweed?) flower for nectar
Checklist region(s): Archuleta County, Colorado, United States