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Alypiodes flavilinguis

Alypiodes flavilinguis
Huachuca Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
July 29, 2015
Puddling with Alypiodes bimaculata also in the area.

Alypiodes adults
There is notable variability in adult markings in both flavilinguis and bimaculata (including extent of white markings on hindwings and tegulae), and this variation seems to become even greater in material from Mexico where the two species are sympatric. The CO-I sequence has been definitive and reliable in separating the two species in all specimens we have sequenced. Both species occur side by side in the Huachucas based on larval collections from near the site of this observation, so by known distribution, both could be expected to be present there. From the adult image here, I would strongly lean to this being A. flavilinguis based not only on the shape of the innermost white spot on the forewing, but also by the clear presence of a blue patch near the trailing edge/hindmargin of the forewing (about 2/3 of the way towards the outer margin). This adult strongly resembles adults of sequenced flavilinguis I have collected from Sierra and Grant Counties in SW NM.

Thank you very much for the explanation. I will add this to MPG along with info as soon as I get a chance.

Not sure
I would have guessed bimaculata. Note white spot on tegula.

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