Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Chlosyne palla, Radium Hot Springs,
British Columbia, Canada ©
Chlosyne comprises of about 26 species,
and is largely Central American in distribution, although there are
several species which are found only in North America.
Most of the species
have a black ground colour, and are marked with bands or patches of
cream and reddish-orange, often in conjunction with a series of
white spots in the post-median area of fore and hind wings. The legs
of most species are orange. In all species the antennae are fairly
short, straight, and end in a flattened club.
is found in the north west USA and in British Columbia, Canada.
This species breeds
in coastal chaparral, open coniferous or deciduous woodland, scrubby
mountain slopes, and alpine meadows and pastures.
The eggs are pale
green. They are laid in large batches on the underside of leaves of
the foodplant. When fully grown the caterpillars are black with
white dots, and black multi-branched dorsal and lateral spikes on
each segment. There are dorsal and lateral rows of orange dashes.
They feed on the leaves of Aster,
Erigeron, Solidago and
Senecio ( Asteraceae ).
Both sexes commonly
nectar at a wide range of herbaceous plants, but strongly favour
Asteraceae. Males imbibe moisture from damp ground, and adopt a
perch and patrol strategy to locate females.