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Northern White Skipper - Heliopetes ericetorum

Northern White Skippers are busy in the garden, rarely resting for long. This male Northern White Skipper is feeding on nectar from the Purple Sage, Salvia leucophylla.  Northern White Skippers larval food includes plants in the mallow family. We have an extensive list of plants that will attract these beauties to your butterfly garden.

Northern White Skipper

Northern White Skipper feeding on nectar from the Purple Sage. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants to include in your Butterfly Garden to attract the Northern White Skipper:
Alyogyne hakeifolia * Red Centered Hibiscus
Alyogyne Monterey Bay * Monterey Bay Blue Hibiscus
Alyogyne Santa Cruz * Santa Cruz Blue Hibiscus
Anisodontea hypomandarum * Cape Mallow
Anisodontea Tara's Wonder
Hibiscus lasiocarpos * Wooly Rose Mallow
Hibiscus sabdariffa * Roselle
Hibiscus syriacus Jeanne D'Arc * Double White Rose of Sharon
Hibiscus syriacus Lavender Chiffon * Semi Double Pink Rose of Sharon
Lavatera assurgentifolia * Tree Mallow, Island Mallow
Lavatera Barnsley Baby
Lavatera bicolor * Bush Mallow
Lavatera purisima * Purisima Tree Mallow
Lavatera trimestris Pink Blush * Annual Mallow
Malacothamnus davidsonii * Davidson's Bush Mallow
Malacothamnus fasciculatus * Chaparral Bush Mallow
Malvaviscus arboreus * Turks Cap
Salvia Allen Chickering * Allen Chickering Sage
Salvia apiana * White Sage
Salvia brandegeei * Brandegee's Sage, Santa Rosa Island Sage
Salvia carduacea * Thistle Sage
Salvia Celestial Blue * Celestial Blue Sage
Salvia clevelandii * Cleveland Sage
Salvia Desperado
Salvia dorrii * Purple Desert Sage
Salvia leucophylla Amethyst Bluff
Salvia leucophylla Bee's Bliss
Salvia leucophylla Point Sal * Purple Sage
Salvia mellifera * Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Green Carpet * Green Carpet Creeping Sage
Salvia mellifera Skylark * Skylark Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Terra Seca * Terra Seca Dwarf Sage
Salvia munzii * San Diego Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia munzii Emerald Cascade * San Miguel Mountain Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia Pozo Blue * Grey Musk Sage
Salvia spathacea * Hummingbird Sage
Salvia Winnefred Gilman * Blue Sage
Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Globemallow, Apricot Mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua Louis Hamilton * Louis Hamilton Apricot Mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua rosacea * Rosy Apricot Mallow, Rose Globemallow
Sphaeralcea fulva de luna * La Luna Globemallow, White Mallow
Spaeralcea phillippiana * Trailing Globemallow