Status:  uncommon resident

Flights:  1, May-Jul


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  high elevation sites in Los Padres NF: Chew’s Ridge, Bottcher’s Gap, Big Creek reserve


Habitats:  chaparral, mixed conifers, pine-oak woods

Host plants:  ceanothus spp: wild lilac

Adult foodflower nectar, vetches, dogbane, mints; avid puddler


Conservation: not usually required


Remarks: 

  1.   dark-fringed along Pacific coast, west pops. less contrast above

  2.   our ssp is artful duskywing E. p. callidus (lacks hyaline spots?)

  3.   like other duskywings, species’ distribution has large gaps/questionable areas; older records unreliable, adding to uncertainty of range

  4.   less contrasting wing pattern than Persius duskywing; also large white apical FW spots, tibial brush on male’s hindleg, HW less distinct pale spots

 
 

Pacuvius duskywing

Erynnis pacuvius

Life history facts


egg:

larva:  overwinter

pupa:

adult:  males perch on hilltops, along ridges to await fems., sometimes patrol when high density of males

chew's ridge

6-10-07