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Butterflies of the Elfin Forest (and Moths)

Common Name Scientific Name Size   Flight   Color   Host/Nectar Plant #  
Acmon Blue Plebejus acmon acmon 1" 5-7 Bl 13 72 120 128 / 72 99
Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon 3" 3-7 Y/Bk 85 / 165 78 63
Behr’s (Mormon) Metalmark   Apodemia mormo virgulti 1" 5-9 O/Bk 72 / 72
Cabbage White Pieris rapae 2" 3-10 W 20 153 / 99
Coastal Bramble Hairstreak   Callophrys dumetorum viridis   1" 3-4 G 72 120 /
Common Ringlet Coenonympha tullia 1.5" 2-9 W 82 83 84 /
Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis 1.5" 3-6 Bk 120/72 120
Gabb's Checkerspot Chlosyne gabbii 1.5" 4-7 O 96 112 / 79
Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus 1" 5-7 Gr 72 154 125 128 /
Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae 2.5" 1-12 O Not present /
Hedgerow Hairstreak Satyrium saepium 1" 3-7 Br 41 / 150 99 72
Monarch Danaus plexippus 4.5" 10-2 O Not present /
Moro Blue Plebejus icarioides moroensis 1" 5-6 Bl 123 / 120
Orange Sulfur Colias eurytheme 2" 3-10 Bl 13 118 119 120 /
Pacific Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara sara 1.5" 3-4 W/O 20 62 153 /
Pale Swallowtail Papilio eurymedon 3.5" 4-7 W/Bk 41 154 155 150 /
Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus 1" 3-5 Bl 120 / 120
Variable Checkerspot Euphydryas chalcedona 2" 4-7 Bk 131 174 / 6 165 78 3 99 63 72
Umber Skipper Poanes melane 1" 5-10 Br 58 / 6
West Coast Lady Vanessa annabella 2" 3-6 O/Bk 125 196 197 / 71 72
Western Pygmy Blue Brephidium exile 0.5" 3-9 Bl 15 16 /
Western Tailed-blue Everes amyntula 1" 5-6 Bl 13 /
Western Tiger Swallowtail Papilio rutulus 3.5" 2-8 Y/Bk 144 147 162 / 36 49 50 112
California Oak Moth Phryganidia californica 0.5" 6-7 Br 152 / none
Ceanothus Silk Moth Hyalophora euryalus 2.5" 1-7 Br 41 / none
Ctenuchid Moth Ctenucha species 1" 3-7 Br/R Grasses & sedges

Key

 
  Size – The size of the front wing, from base to tip, given in inches.

Flight – the months in which a species is "normally" seen flying in the Elfin Forest. Weather can change these dates.

Host / Nectar Plant:  Plant ID number of host plant (plant larvae feed on) / ID of nectar plant (plant adults drink from) - see below:

  #   Common name
  3 Yarrow
  6 Seaside fiddleneck
13 Pomona milk-vetch
15 Watson's saltbrush
20 Mustards ●●
36 Italian thistle ●●
41 Buck brush
46 California goosefoot
49 Cobwebby thistle
50 Bull thistle ●●
58 Bermuda grass ●●
62 Yellow tansy mustard
63 Blue dicks
71 Mock heather
72 Dune buckwheat
78 Suffrutescent wallflower
79 California poppy
82 Tall fescue ●
83 California fescue
84 Meadow fescue ●
85 Fennel ●●
96 Telegraph weed
        ● = non-native plant
     ●● = invasive non-native plant
  Color – predominant color(s)
       W = white
       Y = yellow
       O = orange
       G = green
       Gr = gray
       Bl = blue
       Br = brown
       Bk = black.

  #    Common name
  99 Wedgeleaf horkelia
112 California aster
118 Birdfoot trefoil ●
119 Rush deerweed
120 Deerweed
123 Silver dune lupine
125 Cheeseweed ●
128 White sweet-clover ●
131 Sticky monkey-flower
144 Sycamore
147 Black cottonwood
150 Hollyleaf cherry
152 Coast live oak
153 Wild radish ●
154 California coffeeberry
155 Redberry
162 Arroyo willow
165 Black sage
174 California figwort
196 Stinging nettle
197 Dwarf nettle ●
 


Click this button for MBNEP / California State Park's guide to "The Butterflies of the Estero Bay Area". Good information plus lots of color photographs. File size: 2.8 MB