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Completely confusing Caloreas? - Caloreas caliginosa

Completely confusing Caloreas? - Caloreas caliginosa
Cloudcroft, Zinker Canyon trailhead, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
July 30, 2020
Size: 5mm
This tiny sparkler has me completely confused. I'm guessing it's a Caloreas because the parts of the forewings that are not metallic look very similar to C. apocynoglossa, while its number of metallic spots and stripes is more akin to C. multimarginata or leucobasis. But it's not a straightforward match to those either, as most of the black(ish) scales have neither white tips nor white margins, except for about a dozen in the concave part nearest to the wing tip. One of the many species remaining to be described? A different genus, maybe Tebenna? Or just a southern variation of multimarginata/leucobasis?

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Thanks Bob!
Excellent, thanks Bob! The colors and shiny scales on these fascinating micros are so tricky, and the curvature of the wing surface makes it even harder to interpret patterns.

I had looked at Bob Barber's image for C. caliginosa but didn't want to presume that the amber-like hue of the wing color and silvery(?) metallic highlights in the spots of his specimen are -or aren't- a lighting/angle effect. And the pinned specimens on BOLD are worn enough that even the spots have become hard to (pun intended) ... spot!

Yes
It's very similar to other species in the genus Caloreas. However, the base of the wings are mostly dark and you (probably) are out of range for most of the genus. Caloreas apocynoglossa does not have spots in the median area.
I'm going over the BOLD images today and this seems to match up with Caloreas caliginosa best. All of them have the base of the wings mostly dark, just like yours.

Similar
Looks similar to one that I am asking for identification on as well. These are really unfamiliar to me and I'd love to learn what they are.

Here's my photo: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1864384

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