Status:    uncommon resident

Flights:  1, Mar-Jul

Distribution/known sites in Monterey Countycoastal range, foothills and uplands; Big Creek reserve, Arroyo Seco, Chew’s Ridge, Bottcher’s Gap

Habitats:  varied: open woods, canyon riparian, mixed mesic forest, chaparral

Host plants:  lotus, vetches, peas, other Fabaceae

Adult foodflower nectar: CA buckeye, dogbanes, yerba santa, Brodiaea; also mud

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   fly rapidly, low to ground, within limited area

  2.   at rest, doesn’t spread wings fully (half open)

  3.   male has costal fold enclosing scent scales; FW more triangular than in duskywings


Northern cloudywing

Thorybes pylades

Life history facts

egg:  laid singly under leaves of host plants

larva:  feed on leaves, live in shelter of rolled leaves; fully-grown hibernate


adult:  males perch on awaiting fems., on/near ground, display late AM; some hilltopping

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