Santa Barbara Field Guides – Butterflies|
wingspread 1-1.4 in.|
Recognition: Gray to brownish gray, occasionally with bluish tones; orange coloring on bottom of HW; may or may not have tail; very similar to Satyrium californica, but underside has less orange and fewer spots..
Flight period: The adults are active from May to August.
Hostplants: The larvae feed on willows (Salix).
Habitat: They prefer riparian settings in foothills and canyons, also willow woodland.
Distribution: Much of western U.S., including California, and south into Baja California.