Status:  rare temporary resident/stray?

Flights: 1?, Jun-?

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  Two records: Big Creek Reserve and Garrapata SP

Habitats:  weedy, open, disturbed areas, urban gardens

Host plants: legumes incl. clover, alfalfa

Adult foodflower nectar

Conservation: none needed


  1.   one record from Big Creek butterfly count

  2.   summer emigrant in central/mtn. states; in CA, to city parks, aided by ornamentals like wisteria, leadwort

  3.   male above brown with purple overlay; fem. brown, blue basally


Marine blue Leptotes marina

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on flower buds of host plant

larva: feed on flowers and seed pods


adult:  males patrol for females

Ramsey Cyn, AZ