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Photo of Philotes sonerensis ova

Sonoran Blue ova found in the wild
Philotes sonorensis

Photo of sonorensisHow small can you get? Not much smaller than a Lycaenid egg. I found this single sonorensis ova in the wild. This host plant, stonecrop, is only about 1.5 inches in diameter. I found it growing on the side of a cliff in the San Gabriel Mountains, California. The ova is shaped like a flattened doughnut (in the exact center of the photo). This photo, of course, is highly magnified. The ova is smaller than the diameter of the head of a No. 1 insect pin. I transplanted the stonecrop into a small plastic container and brought it home. I have looked for these in the wild on several occasions without success. This time I got lucky. I would never have seen this egg unless I had previous experience rearing this species in captivity and knew what to look for. I share this with all you Southern California collectors. Keep your eyes peeled! Later this season I will post photos of the larvae that comes from this ova in various stages of developement.

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