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Ares Metalmark (Emesis ares)
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Ares Metalmark (Emesis ares [Edwards])

Wing span: 1 1/4 - 1 3/8 inches (3.2 - 3.5 cm).

Identification: Fringes mostly white. Upperside dark brown with many dark narrow bars. Hindwing with orange patch. Underside dusky orange with rows of small black spots.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: One flight from July-September.

Caterpillar hosts: Possibly oak trees (Quercus species).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Washes and streamsides in oak woodland of desert mountains.

Range: Southern Arizona and Mexico.

Conservation: Not usually required.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None reported.


Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford  University Press, 
    Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Tilden, J. W. 1986. A field guide to western butterflies.  Houghton-Mifflin Co., 
    Boston, Mass. 370 pages, 23 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Ares Metalmark (Emesis ares)
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