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California Sister Butterfly * Adelpha bredowii

The California Sister Butterfly has flights in the late Spring and Summer months. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves. They prefer the live oak species but will also feed on the deciduous oaks as well. The California Sister Butterfly adults will eat rotting fruit and occasionally nectar. The Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia is a host species for the California Sister Butterfly, with the strong community support for the health of the oak trees there should be a recognition that these trees are a part of a larger ecosystem and should not be sprayed indiscriminately for Oak Moths.

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California Sister Butterfly