Attributes of Heliopetes ericetorum

Northern White-Skipper
Heliopetes ericetorum (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside of male is white with narrow black chevrons at the outer margins of wings; female has thicker, darker markings and black at the wing bases. Underside of both sexes is white with pale tan markings.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: To find females, males patrol in canyon bottoms. Females deposit eggs singly on young leaves of the host plants. Caterpillars feed on leaves and live in shelters of rolled or tied leaves.
Flight: Several broods from April-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various mallows including globemallows (Sphaeralcea), hollyhock (Althaea), and mallow (Malva).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open woodland, chaparral, dry washes, desert mountains, arid land.
Range: Eastern Washington south to western Colorado, southern California, Arizona, Baja California, and northwest Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 07, 2014 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States September 14, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 Jdammarell Lincoln County, Washington, United States June 29, 2014 Details
November 04, 2012 diwalks2 San Diego County, California, United States December 13, 2013 Details
November 26, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 27, 2013 Details
November 17, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 18, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 Robert Gorman San Bernardino County, California, United States October 30, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States September 08, 2013 Details
August 22, 2013 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States August 28, 2013 Details
September 11, 2012 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 09, 2012 Details
September 11, 2010 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States December 05, 2012 Details
October 13, 1983 legacy.reporter (R & D Rosche) Lincoln County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 13, 1986 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Carson City County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 29, 1987 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Pershing County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 30, 1988 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Churchill County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 27, 1988 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Storey County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
November 11, 1988 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 21, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
November 04, 1977 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 09, 1982 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 11, 1982 legacy.reporter (Clifford D. Ferris) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 20, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Santa Barbara County, California, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 20, 2012 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Santa Barbara County, California, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 19, 2005 legacy.reporter (Bob Barber) Yuma County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
February 06, 2006 legacy.reporter (Alex Grkovich) Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 20, 2011 opiliones Clark County, Nevada, United States October 16, 2012 Details
September 03, 2010 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States February 18, 2012 Details
June 02, 2006 pcastrovillo Canyon County, Idaho, United States January 28, 2012 Details
October 02, 2011 legacy.reporter (Ray Bruun) Shasta County, California, United States January 01, 2012 Details
March 13, 2008 RaisingButterflies.org Washington County, Utah, United States November 28, 2011 Details
September 19, 2011 tmoulin Clark County, Nevada, United States September 25, 2011 Details
May 11, 2011 lorhum Clark County, Nevada, United States September 11, 2011 Details
August 24, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 02, 2011 legacy.reporter (Ray Bruun) Shasta County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
October 11, 1992 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Clark County, Nevada, United States May 01, 2011 Details
April 19, 2011 Kari Maricopa County, Arizona, United States April 28, 2011 Details
October 01, 1988 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mohave County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 02, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 04, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 27, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mohave County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
June 05, 1985 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 21, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 21, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 20, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 20, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 22, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Coconino County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 23, 2011 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
April 14, 1969 legacy.reporter (Peter Herlan) Clark County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 22, 2010 paulopler (Paul Opler) Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2010 Details
September 22, 2010 paulopler (Paul Opler) Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2010 Details
June 01, 2010 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2010 Details