Apodemia mormo

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Mormon metalmark
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Riodinidae
Genus: Apodemia
Species: A. mormo
Binomial name
Apodemia mormo
(Felder & Felder, 1859)

Apodemia mormo, the Mormon metalmark, is a species of metalmark butterfly (family Riodinidae). Its upperside is orange-brown to black, checkered with black and white spots. Its caterpillar host is various species of Eriogonum (wild buckwheat). Its adult food is nectar from the flowers of Eriogonum and other plants, especially yellow-flowered composites, such as Senecio and Chrysothamnus (rabbitbrush).

Its range is southern British Columbia and Saskatchewan, North Dakota to Washington, south to Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico.

Lange's metalmark, Apodemia mormo langei, is an endangered subspecies. It only occurs in and around the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge in California.

Other subspecies of the mormo complex with limited ranges include nigrescens (Colton, Riverside Co., California);[1] arenaria (sand dunes near LAX, Playa del Rey, LA Co., California);[2] and pratti (Holcomb Valley, north of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino Co., California).[3]


  1. ^ T. Emmel, ed., Systematics of Western North American Butterflies, (1998), pp. 796-8.
  2. ^ Systematics, pp. 806-7.
  3. ^ Systematics, pp. 795-6.

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