Status:  common resident

Flights:  3-4, Feb-Oct

Distribution/known sites in Monterey Countywidespread

Habitats:  oak woodland, savanna, and scrub, cities and suburbs

Host plants:  Quercus spp., incl. agrifolia, lobata, douglasii

Adult foodboth adults nectar at buckwheats, star thistle, milkweeds, CA buckeye

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   male has costal fold w/ yellow scent scales, no metatibial tuft

  2.   female has scent patch on 7th abdominal segment

  3.   CA race nominate

  4.   faint white marginal HW patch UN; fem. warmer brown, FW hyaline spots larger


Mournful duskywing

Erynnis tristis

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on new growth

larva:  feed on young leaves, rest in shelters of rolled or tied leaves; last brood hibernates


adult:  males hilltop in mid-afternoon, perch on low vegetation

Carmel Valley village