Missouri/New Mexico Week 17

Inclement weather and long driving days limited my time afield, but this pause in my journey was more than offset by good times with good people.  Three nights at my brother Jeff’s home in Missouri was a grateful respite from the pace of the previous weeks, especially with his wife Pam’s nutritious and tasty home cooking!  Pleasant walks and bike rides in the hills of the Missouri Ozarks did yield my first gray comma.

High winds, torrential rains, and tornado warnings tested my nerves on the long drive from Missouri to Albuquerque, NM.  There I reunited with local resident Joe Schelling, a companion on a 2014 Peru butterfly trip, and Ken Wilson from San Jose, with whom I’ve shared many recent butterfly experiences.  We were on a quest for the Sandia hairstreak, which frequents the slopes of the Sandia Range above Albuquerque.  Joe took us to his favorite sites, but, except for a brief glimpse of a Sandia by Ken, lingering cool weather stymied us.  We returned in mid-afternoon and soon encountered an individual sunning itself on a blade of beargrass, giving us our well-deserved photos.  The day became more special for me when we tallied spring white and southwestern orangetip, two species I failed to corral in Tucson last month.  

My week ended in the Franklin Mountains of nw. Texas, where I took a long back-country birthday hike (70th!).  On my descent I photographed what appears to be a Mexican Sootywing, which I post below for others to review.

New Species:  Spring White Pontia sisymbrii, Southwestern Orangetip Anthocharis thoosa, Sandia Hairstreak Callophrys mcfarlandi, Mormon Metalmark Apodemia mormo, Sonoran Metalmark Apodemia mejicanus, Gray Comma Polygonia progne, Arizona Sister Adelpha eulalia, Rocky Mountain Duskywing Erynnis telemachus, Mexican Sootywing Pholisora mejicana, Bronze Roadside-Skipper Amblyscirtes aenus

New Species:  10     Total trip species:  219    Species Photographed:  213


Arizona Sister, Franklin Mtns., Texas


Sandia Hairstreak, Escudito Canyon, Albuquerque

Pholisora mejicana

Mexican Sootywing, Franklin Mtns., Texas

© Chris Tenney 2014