Butterflies of Mexico, USA & Canada
Nais Metalmark
Apodemia nais  EDWARDS, 1877
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe -
Apodemia nais  White Mountains, Arizona, USA Frank Model
There are 15 Apodemia species. The distribution of the genus is disjointed - the great majority of species are centred on the south-west USA and Mexico, with two species multiplaga and walkeri reaching Costa Rica. There are no species in the Andes or in Amazonia, but there are 2 in Brazil - castanea from Rio de Janeiro, and paucipuncta which is endemic to Minas Gerais.
Apodemia nais is endemic to the south-western states of USA.
This species is associated with chaparral and dry open woodland.
The egg is ovoid and white. It is laid singly in the fork of a twig, or on the flowers or leaves of the larval foodplants Ceanothus ( Rhamnaceae ) and Prunus ( Rosaceae ). The larva is plump and has tufts of short bristly dorsal and lateral setae. When fully grown it is pinkish in colour, with dark mid-dorsal stripe, either side of which are wide suffused white stripes. The pupa is earthy brown with a pair of whitish dorsal stripes, and dark wing pads.
Adult behaviour

Males imbibe mineralised moisture from damp ground. Both sexes visit a wide range of flowers for nectar. Males adopt alternating perch and patrol strategies to locate females.



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