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Species Heliopetes ericetorum - Northern White-Skipper - Hodges#3971

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Subfamily Pyrginae (Spread-wing Skippers)
Tribe Pyrgini
Genus Heliopetes (White-Skippers)
Species ericetorum (Northern White-Skipper - Hodges#3971)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Great Basin White Skipper
Explanation of Names
Heliopetes ericetorum (Boisduval, 1852)
Wingspan 32-38 mm
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.
Life Cycle
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.
Print References
Brock and Kaufman, p. 292 (1)
Scott, #668, pp. 496-497, color plate 45, fig. 45 (2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
2.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.