Tiny Blues mimicking the sky visit coastal sage scrub as a Cloudless Sulphur flutters by like a bit of harnessed sunshine.
Butterflies of Southern California
There are appropriately 170 species of butterflies in southern California. Listed below are some the more common and frequently found butterflies in Southern California.
Our mission is to inform others about the importance of maintaining a welcoming habitat for the beautiful butterflies we see here in Southern California.
Butterfly host plants provide a place for butterflies to lay their eggs and in turn serve as the food plant (host plant) for the caterpillar (larval) stage of the butterfly. Most species of butterflies will only lay their eggs on one or only a select few species of plants. Without ample “food” for the caterpillar, chances are the species will diminish in quantity.
In order to maintain and hopefully increase the population of butterflies, you should find out which butterflies are found in your area and help those species by planting the correct host plants. Planting a butterfly garden filled with California natives and other butterfly attracting flora will not only benifit the butterflies that visit your garden, but will provide food for birds, insects and other wildlife.
Listed below are some of the more common butterflies we find here in So. California. By clicking on the name of a butterfly, you will be able to read more about that particular butterfly. We plan to add more butterfly host and nectar plant information as it becomes available, so check back often.
California’s State Butterfly
Zerene eurydice, the California dogface butterfly, is sometimes placed in the related genus as Colias eurydice. This species is endemic to California, and is California’s state insect symbol.
“Flashes of orange-yellow & black flicker by as male California Dogfaces flutter about. Use caution, when trying to glimpse the canine imagery which Mother Nature has dabbed upon their wings, for, I myself, have been burnt many times trying to photograph these elusive dancing flames” ~ read more by K. D’Angelo