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Mormon Metal-Mark

Apodemia mormo

 

Photo © by Mike Plagens

Photo taken at Pima Canyon in the Sta. Catalina Mts., Arizona, August 22, 1986.

The host plant for the caterpillar of this pretty little butterfly is Flat-topped Buckwheat -- Eriogonum fasciculatum (plus a few other eriogonums). This shrubby plant is found in the upper elevations of the Sonoran Desert mostly above 1000 m. The butterfly rarely ventures far from this plant and mostly only to find suitable nectar sources.

Apodemia mormo photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed at Camp Creek, Maricopa Co., Arizona, Sept. 2008.

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