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Bug of the Week: California Patch Butterfly

Although it is commonly called the California patch butterfly, Chlosyne californica occurs in Arizona as well.

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The larvae feed on on Parish's goldeneye or desert sunflower, Viguiera deltoidea var. parishii.

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It closely resembles some of the color variations of the bordered patch butterfly, so the two may be somewhat difficult to tell apart. Some books suggest the orange-brown marginal spots are the best way to tell.

I have to admit I'm still learning the West Coast butterflies. The best way to do it is one sighting at a time, like this one.

Do you have any butterflies in your yard this week?

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