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Red-bordered Emerald??? - Nemoria lixaria - male

Red-bordered Emerald??? - Nemoria lixaria - Male
Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland, USA
June 1, 2013

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Nemoria lixaria
Yes, this should be Nemoria lixaria, which is abundant in May / June in and around Snow Hill - I have collected it often in the area around the Pocomoke State Forest just outside of Snow Hill. Color can vary in intensity from very pale green to bright emerald grass green, and cool season forms have dark melanic markings on wings and abdomen.

Thanks John, Do you still do research in Pocomoke State Forest?

I worked for several years with a permit from the Maryland DNR in the Pocomoke SF, especially enjoyed a location at Mattaponi Landing, mostly to do larval studies of Nemoria elfa and Nemoria lixaria. I haven't done much there recently as I finished up most of my research needs on those species. I've been working much more in the southwest lately, most recently in southern Utah. I do need to return to some work on Nemoria rubrifrontaria and bifilata, but I don't think those occur in that part of eastern Maryland.

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