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  Sighting 974353

Strecker's Giant-Skipper
Megathymus streckeri

Observation date: May 10, 2014
Date notes: Photo taken sometime in the evening of 5/10/14.
Submitted by: joeschelling
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Seen in the evening on a grassy desert hilltop in a small Mormon Tea bush; several host plant yuccas in the area.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: May 26, 2014
Coordinator notes: thanks for submitting, Joe. I'm approving this for streckeri (it's also too late for yuccae, mostly). there remains the question of whether this is plains ssp. texanus or montane ssp. streckeri. Quality of the photo, the individual, and lack of upper side photo makes it impossible to tell. It matters because texanus is not reported from Sandoval county. so if you do scare up another in that area, try for an upperside photo. the site seems "plainsy" enough to expect texanus, but will need proof. thanks to you and Cliff!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Sandoval County