Status:  uncommon resident

Flights:  1, Feb-May


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  a few sites in Santa Lucias; Arroyo Seco, Big Creek, Soberanes Creek; also possibly in Gabilan Range - reported from Pinnacles NM in San Benito Co.


Habitats:  sunny, open, or lightly forested flats and slopes, often in canyons

Host plants: dudleyas like rock lettuce and related stonecrops

Adult foodnone reported


Conservation: threatened; rare or local throughout range or found locally


Remarks: 

  1.   rests with wings partially open

  2.   local and colonial

  3.   weak flight

  4.   male has orange patches only on FW, neon blue in flight; fem. has red-orange patches on FW and HW, darker toward margin

 
 

Sonoran blue Philotes sonorensis

Life history facts


egg: laid singly on leaves

larva: bore into fleshy leaves

pupa:  hibernate under stones, on ground in trash

adult:  males patrol narrow cyn bottoms, rocky slopes near host plants for females

female near Memorial Park