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  Sighting 942855

Wright's Metalmark
Calephelis wrighti

Observation date: January 12, 2014
Submitted by: Robert Gorman
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: very imbarrased to submit this photo, there were several wrights in this south facing canyon. They were easy to spot because they were very easily startled. but they would fly at the least movement. no wind air 73 hope you can make this one out as it might extend what we believe as there season by a little. I have seen them late in the year here and also early. would not be suprised if they are year round here as i think the only limiting factor is water 1-5 inches a year. Borrego is a true desert cold nights and mild days in winter. very hot in summer. almost unbearable. they say to drink a gallon of water an hour in summer. lots of blooming buckwheat in this canyon along with a very large selection of desert and desert transition shrubs, cacti and trees. Well well the book says sweet bush is larva food plant, theres lots of it in this area. blooms on some still even last rain was late summer monsoons there was scattered cloud cover, that would make it cold for a while but when the sun came out it seemed blazing hot.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: January 17, 2014
Coordinator notes: This beats the previous state EARLY date by a few days.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, San Diego County