Apodemia virgulti nigrescens - Dark Metalmark
Apodemia virgulti nigrescens, the Dark Metalmark.
These fly in a patch of Eriogonum fasciculatum at Colton (SBern Co.) in multiple broods. Each photo is from there on April 11, 2008.
Apodemia virgulti nigrescens - Dark Metalmark
Another Apodemia virgulti nigrescens, the Dark Metalmark.
Apodemia virgulti nigrescens - Dark Metalmark
Ventral of Apodemia virgulti nigrescens, the Dark Metalmark.
Apodemia virgulti nigrescens - Dark Metalmark
Apodemia virgulti nigrescens, the Dark Metalmark. When they fly, there can be many hundreds of them in this patch. When they are between broods, you may well see none at all, as I found out the hard way several times.

©Dennis Walker