Status:  rare resident?

Flights:  1+, Mar-Oct?

Distribution/known sites in Monterey Countyno recent records or known sites

Habitats:  open areas - streamsides, dry stream beds, roadsides, forest clearings

Host plants:  lotus and other legumes

Adult foodflower nectar, possibly pink dogbane

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   in Santa Cruz mtns., may use black cottonwood

  2.   male has gray hairs, duskier look; fem. lighter, stronger pattern, basal 3rd of FW blackened, hyaline spots somewhat larger


Persius duskywing

Erynnis persius

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on under leaves of host

larva:  feed on young leaves, live in shelters of rolled or tied leaves; fully-grown hibernates


adult:  males perch on hilltops in search of fems., usu sitting on ground or low twigs

awaiting photo