Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Ares Metalmark
Emesis ares (W.H. Edwards, 1882)

Family: Riodinidae
Subfamily: Riodininae
Identification: Fringes mostly white. Upperside dark brown with many dark narrow bars. Hindwing with orange patch. Underside dusky orange with rows of small black spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 3/8 inches (3.2 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: One flight from July-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Possibly oak trees (Quercus species).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Washes and streamsides in oak woodland of desert mountains.
Range: Southern Arizona and Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL