Other Common Names
Great Basin White Skipper
Explanation of Names
Heliopetes ericetorum (Boisduval, 1852)
From Butterflies of North America
: Upperside of male is white with narrow black chevrons at the outer margins of wings; female has thicker, darker markings and black at the wing bases. Underside of both sexes is white with pale tan markings.
Southern and central California, plus Great Basin area of Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.
Dry canyons and brushlands.
Late spring to early summer, late summer to fall (two or more broods).
Adults take nectar and take fluids from mud.
Males patrol canyons in search of females. Larvae feed on Mallows, Malvaceae, including Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea), Hollyhock (Althaea), Mallow (Malva), etc. where they take shelter in rolled leaves.
Brock and Kaufman, p. 292 (1)
Scott, #668, pp. 496-497, color plate 45, fig. 45 (2)