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A pair of Microtia? - Microtia dymas - male - female

A pair of Microtia? - Microtia dymas - Male Female
Mt Hopkins Rd, Montosa Canyon, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 26, 2013
Aaron was photographing something along the road and John looked down and saw these two butterflies. Assuming that's what Aaron was taking a picture of, he said something about how lovely they are. Aaron was puzzled because he was taking a picture of something totally different and hadn't even seen the butterflies. Can we tell which species they are? and what is that pink we see between the lower ones wings? gathering_2013


M. dymas
I think.

This is an intriguing picture. The male looks like fairly typical M. dymas, but the female has a bit of orange along the margin of the hind wing below, which is unusual for this species.

As for the pink - just a guess - perhaps the female was very recently eclosed, and leaked some fluid on the male?

Moved from Butterflies (excluding skippers).

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