California Sister Butterfly


Common Name: California Sister

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Nymphalidae

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.