Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 940528

Tiny Checkerspot
Dymasia dymas

Observation date: May 19, 2010
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: hot day clear skies good wet year lots of heavy blooms, lots of butterflies this area was new to us desert willow mesquite desert cassia, this is on chuperosa, lots of buckwheat some rush, and white stem milkweed. lots of mistletoe some perennial lupin. local rangers told us of this place called indian canyon, it splits into two canyons. another beautiful wonderful place the natives use to and still do treasure. wow we saw why. the whole canyon was yellow with cassia blooming. lots of cacti and lots of space between shrubs to walk around. dusk's queens monarchs checker spots lots of different yellow butterflies zooming around. pygmy blues lots to look at, during the dry spells it looks very plain desert. the wash comes down from the mountains desert transition. desert apricot thick brush and boulder hopping we climbed for a while. very ruff and to many places for snakes to hide. very large dark bird probably an eagle up on the mountain. making loud calls. very special place, the natives knew something we don't they would summer in the mountains. hard life but a good life on the wet years.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: November 30, 2013
Coordinator notes: subspecies imperialis
Checklist region(s): United States, California, San Diego County