Status:  rare resident

Flights:  1+, Mar-Jun?

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  only known site: upper Carmel Valley Rd. near Arroyo Seco

Habitats:  varied: weedy areas, washes, ag lands, gardens; low elev.

Host plants:  pigweeds (Amaranthus)

Adult foodnectars at dogbane, milkweed, lippias, heliotropes

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   skittish, always on the move

  2.   adults bask with wings open

  3.   named after Catullus, a Roman love poet

  4.   fem. with more white spots, incl. submarginal row on HW above


Common sootywing

Pholisora catullus

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on tops of host plant leaves near midday

larva:  lives, feeds within shelters of folded leaves; 2nd brood caterpillars overwinter in silk-lined leaf shelter

pupa: forms in leaf shelter in spring

adult:  males patrol near ground in sunny areas for fems.; mating occurs morning and afternoon

upper carmel valley rd.