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Close-up image of live adult Mormon Metalmark butterfly

Trout Cr Campground, Jefferson Co, Sep 2


Apodemia mormo

Size: 1.0 - 1.2 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Males above dark charcoal gray with reddish brown on the FW, and white spots of various shapes, broadly checked wing fringes.  Female above similar but darker overall. Below HW with bold white patches against dark brown. FW mirrors pattern of FW above.

Similar species: Looks vaguely similar to a copper, but none closely resembles it. 

Host plant: Many buckwheat species (Eriogonum).

Habitat: Arid canyons and flats. ​

Range: West of the Cascades, in Columbia and Snake River drainages, and along California border in Klamath and Warner Mtns, and in Cascade-Siskiyou NM.

Season: Late July to early October

Abundance: Uncommon 


Conservation Status: Secure

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