Status:  common resident

Flights:  2-3, Apr-Nov

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  widespread, foothills and mountains

Habitats:  foothill, mountain oaks, some streamside

Host plants:  evergreen oaks, esp Quercus - canyon and live oaks

Adult foodrarely nectars, at CA buckeye, thistles, coyotebrush; rotting fruit, aphid honeydew; both sexes puddle

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   strong, swift flight, high thru oaks; alights on ground to sip nutrients

  2.   seldom visits flowers, attracted to water

  3.   captured more easily in the morning - fly quite close to stream and often at midmorning are found clustered on moist streamside sand, taking in water and/or nutrients

  4.   likes CA wineries - attracted to areas where grape juice has been spilled

  5.   found near oaks, streams, but may wander to towns, suburbs

  6.   usu larger than LOAD, and with broader wings; orange patch is round, does not touch margin, and white band is narrower


California sister

Adelpha bredowii

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on leaf edges

larva:  feed on mature leaves; young make a long perch by extending a leaf vein with dung and silk; partially grown caterpillars hibernate


adult:  perch and patrol all day for receptive females - “flyway” butterfly - patrols woodland paths, often returns to favorite perch

arroyo seco camp