California Sister Butterfly

California Sister Butterfly Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: California Sister
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Nymphalidae

The butterfly members of this Order of insects include the popular and usually colorful species. Butterfly groups include monarchs, satyrs, dagerwings, leaf-wings, owls, buckeyes, admirals, checkerspots, crecents, fritillaries, heliconids, riodinids, blues, hairstreaks, coppers, whites, orange-tips, sulphurs and swallowtails.

This freshly emerged adult California Sister butterfly was sitting on a rock while it finished pumping fluids into its expanding wings. You’ll notice the wing tips still have a little way to go. The name is inspired by the striking black and white coloration found on the fore wings which resembles a nun’s habit. This butterfly is similar in appearance to the Lorquin’s Admiral. Adults feed on oak and can be found patrolling the canyons and gulches. You’ll also find them sipping nectar from mud pools, fruit and buckeye flower blossoms. Caterpillars are identified by six pair of tubercles protruding from their back.