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Baldy Cr Rd, Jackson Co, June 28 (new county record) - male

Northern White

Skipper

Heliopetes ericetorum

Size: Up to 2 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Above pearly-white, with "chains" of dark brown chevrons along wing margins, light on males, bolder and more extensive on females. Below white with irregular vague bands of light tan, pinkish brown or mustard.

Similar species: No other similar species in Oregon.

Host plant: Various species in the globemallow family.

Habitat: Various habitats in arid areas including riverbanks, canyons, roadsides, lower elevation forest openings, weedy fields and alfalfa fields. 

Range:  Primarily Columbia, Deschutes, Snake River and Owyhee river basins, but also recent records in southern Lake and Jackson counties.

Season: Early May to early October

Abundance: Common 

 

Conservation Status: Secure