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Blog Contact Us Directions. Shop For Plants Cart Contents. They also overwinter in these trees. The California Sister butterfly is similar in appearance to the Lorquin's Admiral. However the California sister has red spots surrounded by black whereas the Admiral has orange wing tips. It can also be distinguished by the small blue wing shaped patches with red centers on the front of the fore wing. The California sister is named for its black and white coloration on the fore wing that resembles a Nuns habit. Which I still can't see. They are not afraid to open their wings so you can get a look at the top side, although the underside is just as striking, if not more so. They can be found around the nursery sipping from fallen fruit or fruit already pecked open by the birds.
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae. Characteristics: Dorsal wings black-brown with a vertical row of white patches. Dorsal forewing with large orange-red rounded patch in apical area. Ventral hindwing marked with light blue streaks. Forewing length: mm.
Adelpha californica , the California sister , is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. They are common in California , but can also be found in western Nevada and Oregon , as well as in northern Baja California. The upper surfaces of their wings are dark brown to black with wide cream white bands dissecting both wings and two orange patches near the tips of the forewings. The underside is variously colored with browns, blue, orange, and white. Adelpha californica is classified under the genus Adelpha sisters in the tribe Limenitidini of the subfamily Limenitidinae admirals and relatives of the brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae.