Alternate Common Name: Cloudy Wing.
This species exhibits an extensive in Canada, from Alberta east to the Atlantic; throughout the entire eastern half of the U.S.; and from southern British Columbia south through parts of California, and south through the Rocky Mountain states to the southwest and Mexico. It has been documented to occur in three counties of Idaho: Adams, Boise, and Elmore.
It occurs in or near wooded or brushy areas.
Caterpillar: Caterpillars feed on the leaves of a variety of legumes (Fabaceae family), including beggars tick (Desmodium spp.), bush clover (Lespedeza spp.), and wild pea (Lathyrus spp.).
Adult: Butterflies drink flower nectar from a wide variety of flowers, often those white, pink, or purple in color.
Caterpillars live in nests of leaves rolled or tied with silk. Older caterpillars overwinter in a physiological state called diapause. The number of generations of caterpillars each year varies regionally, with there being only one in the north or at high elevation and two or more in the south. Adults generally fly from May through July.
Males perch all day in shrubs and small trees, often on hilltops, to wait for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly under the leaves of host plants.
|Idaho Status:||Unprotected nongame species.|
populations are widespread, abundant, and secure.
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