Santa Barbara Field Guides – Butterflies|
wingspread 1.25-1.5 in.|
Recognition: Dark brown to black, with inconspicuous grey spots on FW above; male with tan scent scales along leading edge of FW; HW only with white fringes; very difficult to distinguish from other duskywings in the field.
Flight period: Adults are active much of the year. February to October.
Hostplants: Larvae feed on a variety of legumes (Fabaceae), such as deerweed (Lotus), vetch (Vicia) and even cultivated alfalfa.
Habitat: Open, arid settings such as washes rocky hilltops; can be seen in urban gardens.
Distribution: Occurs across the southern U.S., south into Mexico.
Other: This is the most common and widespread Duskywing in southern California, and can often be seen nectaring on flowers.