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Common Sootywing  
Pholisora catullus

One of our rarest species, with only two known sites, one colony near Long Canyon on e. Carmel Valley Road, the other a recent sighting in Thompson Canyon west of King City.  

The Long Canyon colony is long-established, but there is concern that the recent erratic years of extremely dry and wet winters have impacted numbers:  there were no sightings in 2023.

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Surveys

Survey Results

May 14, 2023:  Long Canyon; none seen, but numbers of many species were down

April, 2024:  Multiple trips found many flying in Long Cyn; one seen in Piney Creek Campground

Recommended sites

Long Canyon: walk just a short distance into the lower canyon, about 10-30 meters; also explore roadway and areas just south of the canyon

 

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