A funny thing happened on the way up a rocky outcropping slope beyond several soapberry trees, all whilst chasing a Varied Bunting (Passerina versicolor).
Well, not all was funny. Tasajillo (Opuntia leptocaulis) and Catclaw Acacia (Acacia greggii) aren't always funny.
Mexican Metalmark ?? (Apodemia mejicanus) ? ?
The Mormon Metalmark (Apodemia spp.) - complex is a conversation and confrontation revolving around several species and subspecies, subspecies and species, blown up from a single ... species.
This post will likely be updated, but I needed a link of images to throw the way of some lepidopterists in the state, and region, more familiar with the current conversation of this/these bugs out here in the trans-Pecos of far-West TX.
My more recent dealings with the complex are in San Diego County, CA.
A. mejicanus duryi
Krameria glandulosa, looked to be in the immediate area, see below:
This species is Apodemia duryi.
I am happy to be reacquainted.
Maybe it will be in flight, in that little corner of private land, for the Bird and Butterfly Festival..
along with that Varied Bunting.