Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Rawson's Metalmark
Calephelis rawsoni McAlpine, 1939


Family: Riodinidae
Subfamily: Riodininae
Identification: Male forewing pointed. Upperside dark red-brown with indistinct markings, median band faint or lacking, fringes checkered. Underside brownish orange with distinct markings and bright metallic spots.
Wing Span: 3/4 -1 1/8 inches (2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Males perch in gulches to find females. Eggs are laid singly on host plant leaves, which caterpillars eat.
Flight: Possibly two flights from June-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Shrubby boneset (Eupatorium havanense) and palmleaf eupatorium (E. greggii) of the sunflower family (Asteraceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Moist areas including stream edges, gulches, subtropical woodland, shaded limestone outcrops.
Range: Southern Arizona, South and west Texas south to central Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required, but some populations may need monitoring.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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