Santa Barbara Field Guides - Butterflies|
wingspread .75-.9 in. |
Recognition: Male is blue with dark border and white fringes; female is brown with orange patch in HW; underside of both sexes is light gray with black spots and orange band along bottom of HW.
Flight period: May to October.
Hostplants: Buckwheats (Eriogonum species) are eaten by the larvae.
Habitat: Sunny mountain, foothill, desert, and coastal areas. Found around hostplant Eriogonum plants and flowers.
Distribution: Western U.S., including southern California.