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Adelpha californica (Butler, 1865)
(California Sister)

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Distribution and Larval Foodplants:

Baja California (N) to S WA, Cascade-Sierra Nevada, westward


(From: A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada, Jonathan P. Pelham)

Genus Adelpha Hübner, [1819]

Verz. bekannt. Schmett. (3): 42. Type-species: Papilio mesentina Cramer, 1777, Uitl. Kapellen 2(14): 102, pl. 162, figs. B, C; (16): 149 (index), by designation of Scudder (1875), Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci., Boston 10(2): 102, no. 20.

=    Heterochroa Boisduval, 1836

Spec. gén. Lépid. 1: pl. 8 [=4B], fig. 4. Type-species: Heterochroa serpa Boisduval, 1836, Spec. gén. Lépid. 1: pl. 8 [=4B], fig. 4, by monotypy.


Adelpha californica (Butler, 1865)

Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1865(2): 485-486, no. 6.

Original Combination: Heterochroa californica

Type Locality: “California”

Types: Syntype (#Rh9766) in BMNH.


Prudic, Kathleen L., Andrew D. Warren & Jorge Llorente-Bousquets. 2008. Molecular and morphological evidence reveals three species within the California sister butterfly, Adelpha bredowii (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Limenitidinae). Zootaxa 1819: 1–24 (2008).

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