The Mormon Metalmark is a small butterfly with a wingspan of 2.5-3.5 cm (1-1.5 in). The wings have white spots against a dark grey-brown surface; the top edge of the front wings are red-brown. Its body is dark grey with subtle white highlights on the abdomen. The eyes are green and antennae have conspicuous black-and white bands.
Caterpillars are dark violet, with six rows of clustered spines, black on top and red-brown at the side.
Flies from August to mid-September. Typically associated with hillsides, dunes, and embankments on barren, sandy, or gravelly soils. These conditions are ideal for the growth of its buckwheat host plant, which provides both food for the butterfly larvae and nectar for the adults.
In Canada, the Mormon Metalmark is found only in the Similkameen Valley
You Can Help!
-Protect Snow Buckwheat and other wildflowers
-Control and/or remove invasive plants
-Plant Snow Buckweat on sandy or gravelly soils to increase habitat quality
-Protect and conserve wildlife habitat