Status:  fairly common (local) resident

Flights:  2, Apr-Oct

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  prefers drier SE foothills: Chalone Pks., Shirttail Cyn., Hare Cyn., upper Carmel Valley Rd., Parkfield area

Habitats:  dry cyns., brushy country (chaparral)

Host plants:  mallows, globe and others

Adult foodboth adults nectar at yerba santa, yellow composites, mints

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   strong, rapid fliers

  2.   formerly “large white skipper”

  3.   also considered a spring/fall migrant in bay area counties

  4.   male mostly white w/ black margins; fem. more submarginal black, gray wing bases


Northern white-skipper

Heliopetes ericetorum

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on young leaves of host plants

larva:  feed on leaves, live in shelters of rolled/tied leaves


adult:  males patrol in canyon bottoms

shirttail cyn