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Apantesis sp. - Apantesis carlotta

Apantesis sp. - Apantesis carlotta
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
August 6, 2005

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Apantesis carlotta
This is Apantesis carlotta, a newly described species that was not yet recognized when Covell's book was published. It is the only Apantesis sp. in which the yellow border on the upper part of the forewing does not extend all the way to the edge of the wing. Note the black stripe along the edge of the wing above the yellow border.

many photos of non-carlotta species have no yellow line reaching the top.
Some examples:

The mark isn't the yellow reaching the end of the wing, but the yellow band itself being along the actual costa of the wing vs. being separated from the costa by a thin streak of black. Since I wrote that comment in 2009 it's come to my attention that *all* carlotta have this dark separation from the costa, *no* nais or vittata do, but *some* phalerata also do. That being said, phalerata always has at least some pink on the hindwings. The combination of all-yellow/orange hindwings and dark costal streak are enough to call this carlotta. Also, Adams county is full of great open habitat for carlotta, especially around Gettysburg (great for Short-eared Owls too!). I get carlotta as the most common Apantesis in the open areas around Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, and there are also quite a few records from Lancaster County and Chester. I'm sure they're common out your way as well. They're most often associated with barrens and prairies.

Thank you!
I will create a guide page.

Interestingly, many of the images
on All-Leps of carlotta have the yellow/white line reaching all the way to the edge??

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