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Butterflies of Mexico, USA & Canada
Chiricahua Metalmark
Emesis ares  EDWARDS, 1882
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - Incertae sedis
Emesis ares male, Mt Graham, Safford, Arizona, USA Frank Model
Introduction
There are 41 Emesis species, all but one of which are confined to the neotropical region. Several including aurimna, saturata, leodes, mandana, vimena, tegula, vulpina, poeas, fatimella, tenedia, lupina, ocypore, emesia, arnacis, cypria and toltec occur in Mexico, but only 2 species ares and zela penetrate beyond the Mexico border to breed in the USA.
Emesis ares is found in Arizona and New Mexico; and in north-west Mexico.
Habitats
This species is found in open oak woodland on desert mountains.
Lifecycle
The eggs are white. They are laid singly or in pairs on the twigs or leaves of the foodplant Quercus ( Fagaceae ). The caterpillar is brown when newly hatched but when fully grown is pale green and covered with short white bristly setae. It lives in a shelter constructed by half-folding a leaf and fastening it with silk. The pupa is formed on a leaf of the foodplant.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes nectar at Aster, Senecio, Eupatorium and various other flowers.

 

 

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