Appearance: These small butterflies take their name from the metallic silver-blue bands on the postmedian and submarginal regions of the wings. Above, red-orange with black spots; below, forewing orange with black spots and hindwing white with black spots and orange submarginal band. Abdomen with black and orange segmentation.
Size: Small; 1 to 1 3/4 inches
Habitat: Foothills through mountain flats and slopes; usually not too far from flowering buckbrush, milkweed, dogbane and snowbush
Season: May to July
Larval Foodplant: Fendler’s Buckbrush
Did You Know…
There are approximately 1000 species of metalmarks worldwide with about 90% in the New World; about 24 in North America (Pyle, 1981). Just two species are found in our region.
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