Apodemia virgulti virgulti from Icehouse Canyon in the eastern San Gabriels, July 4, 2012.
A Behr's Metalmark, Apodemia virgulti virgulti, also from Icehouse Canyon, July 7, 2007. This one is very similar to the syntype illustrated in the Systematics book on p. 94.
Another Apodemia virgulti virgulti from the same place, same day as above.
A Behr's Metalmark from Moro Canyon in Crystal Cove State Park, Orange Co., June 10, 2007. Coastal populations often have a relatively dark aspect.
Ventral of a nom. virgulti, also at Moro Canyon on the same day as above.
Behr's Metalmark, from Cactus Springs Trail in the Santa Rosa Wilderness south of Palm Desert, Riverside Co., Sept 16, 2007. Behr's Metalmarks are multiple-brooded, use common E. fasciculatum, and nearly always have some orange coloration on the hind wings. They are the most commonly-encountered metalmark from the Santa Monica Mountains through the San Gabriels and south into Riverside and San Diego counties.
Apodemia virgulti virgulti from Solstice Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains, LA Co., April 20, 2006.
This is the caterpillar of Apodemia virgulti virgulti, which eats leaves of its host, California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum). Thanks to Gordon Pratt for giving this one to me to photograph. October 1, 2020.