Santa Barbara Field Guides – Butterflies|
Northern White Skipper
Wingspread 1-1.5 in.|
Recognition: Male upperside white with brown arrowheads along wing margins; female is dark with irregular white band down both wings; undersides of both sexes light with tan markings and white wing fringes.
Flight period: Adults are active from April to October.
Hostplants: Larvae eat a variety of mallows (Malvaceae), such as bushmallow (Malacothamnus), globemallow (Sphaeralcea), hollycock (Althaea), and mallow (Malva).
Habitat: The Northern White Skipper may be seen in drier habitats, such as chaparral and dry washes.
Distribution: Found throughout most of California, extending east and north into the Great Basin.
Other: These speedy fliers are also avid flower visitors, and males will patrol canyons for mates.