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Butterflies of Wisconsin -- Chlosyne californica

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Butterflies of Wisconsin

California Patch (Chlosyne californica)
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California Patch (Chlosyne californica [W. G. Wright])

Wing span: 1 1/4 - 2 inches (3.2 - 5.1 cm).

Identification: Upperside is black with a wide orange median band and large orange submarginal spots. Underside of hindwing has a red spot near the abdomen which blends into the median band.

Life history: Males perch in the morning on hilltops to watch for females. Eggs are laid in groups on the underside of host plant leaves; caterpillars eat leaves. Hibernation is by third-stage caterpillars.

Flight: Many broods from March-November.

Caterpillar hosts: Desert sunflower (Viguiera deltoidea var. parishii) in the sunflower family (Asteraceae).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Desert washes and canyons.

Range: Southern Nevada south to southwestern Arizona, southeastern California; Baja California and Sonora, Mexico.

Conservation: Not thought to be necessary.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None reported.

References:

Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, 
     Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Tilden, J. W. 1986. A field guide to western butterflies. Houghton-Mifflin Co., 
     Boston, Mass. 370 pages, 23 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

State and Regional References:

Ebner, J.A. 1970.  Butterflies of Wisconsin.  Milwaukee Public Museum Popular 
     Science Handbook No. 12.    

Layberry, R.A., Hall, P.W. & Lafontaine, D.J., 1998.  The Butterflies of 
     Canada.  University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON.  280 pp. 
     
Opler, P.A. 1998. A field guide to eastern butterflies, revised format.
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.     
California Patch (Chlosyne californica)
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