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Close-up photo of Mexican Cloudywing butterfly

Three Creeks Meadow, Jefferson Co, July 17


Thorybes nevada


AKA Cecropterus nevada

AKA Thorybes mexicana

AKA Mexican Cloudywing

Size: Up to 1.5 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Above very dark brown with a few white bars and spots on FW, longer and wider than in other Oregon cloudywings. Below similar to above, dark brown with with a few narrow tan or off-white bars and spots on FW, HW darkly striated. 

Similar species: Northern Cloudywing has smaller sub-cell white bar on FW. Western Cloudywing has narrower white bars on FW above. 

Host plant: Various clover (Trifolium) species.

Habitat: Damp hillsides, creeksides, clearings in coniferous forest.   

Range:  East slope of Cascade Range from Lane County south to northern Klamath and Lake counties.

Season: Mid-May to early July

Abundance: Common 


Conservation Status: Secure 

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