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Subspecies Apodemia mormo deserti

Mormon Metalmark - Apodemia mormo Mormon Metalmark - Apodemia mormo A. mormo? - Apodemia mormo - female True True  Behr's metalmark - Apodemia mormo
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Riodinidae (Metalmarks)
Subfamily Riodininae
Tribe Emesiini
Genus Apodemia
Species mormo (Mormon Metalmark - Hodges#4402)
Subspecies deserti (Apodemia mormo deserti)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apodemia mormo deserti W. Barnes & McDunnough, 1918. Type locality: "La Puerta Valley, S. Calif." [San Diego County, CA] - see also ITIS link below.
Apodemia mejicanus deserti (W. Barnes & McDunnough) ?J. Pelham, ?2006
Explanation of Names
This subspecies was originally described as part of Apodemia mormo, but has also been considered as a part of the species A. mejicanus. Since a concensus as to the subspecies' placement seems pending; since it has the appearance of A. mormo; it seems to blend into the subspecies autumnalis to the east and perhaps other subspecies of A. mormo to the north & south; and, since it has basically the same life history as A. mormo deserti (as to appearance of immatures, host plant, and flight times), it is left under A. mormo here for the time being.
March through October; Multi-brooded populations.
Larval food plant: Eriogonum inflatum Torrey & Fremont, and perhaps other Eriogonum species.
in progress...
Print References
Barnes, William & James Halliday McDunnough. 1918. Notes and new species. Contributions to the Natural History of the Lepidoptera of North America 4(2): 61-208 + [4], pls. 11-25. (Apodemia mormo deserti is described as a new 'variety' on page 75, with illustrations on Plate XII; can be downloaded in PDF form at Biodiversity Heritage Library)