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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
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
Salvia apiana * White Sage
Salvia brandegeei * Brandegee's Sage
Salvia carduacea * Thistle Sage
Salvia Celestial Blue
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
Salvia Pozo Blue
Salvia spathacea * Hummingbird Sage
Salvia Winnefred Gilman
Sphaeralcea ambigua
Sphaeralcea fulva de luna
Spaeralcea phillippiana