Apodemia virgulti davenporti
This is Apodemia virgulti davenporti, a spring flying, single-brooded member of the mormo-complex. From Piute Mountain Road off Kelso Valley Road, April 20, 2014.
Apodemia virgulti davenporti
Ventral of Apodemia virgulti davenporti, same day and place. This butterfly was named after Ken Davenport of Bakersfield, a generous and extremely knowledgable collector of the Kern and Tulare County region and beyond.
Apodemia virgulti davenporti
I saw many on this day, 2.6 miles along Piute Mountain Road off Kelso Valley Rd., a great spot full of the host, Eriogonum fasciculatum. Thanks to David Horner and to Mr. Davenport for the exact location.
Apodemia virgulti davenporti
One more from a beautiful day. A key difference between this particular metalmark and nominate virgulti is that the former has but one brood, while the latter has two or three during the year.

©Dennis Walker