Read full entry

Philotes (butterfly)

Philotes is a genus of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. Philotes is a monotypic genus containing only Philotes sonorensis, the Sonoran Blue or Stonecrop Blue, found in California, Colorado and northern Mexico. The habitat consists of rocky washes, outcrops and cliffs in deserts.

The wingspan is 22–25 mm. The upperside is silvery blue with red spots at the outer margin of the forewings. The hindwing of females also have red spots. Adults are on wing from February to March in one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Dudleya species, including Dudleya cymosa, Dudleya lanceolata and Dudleya saxosa. They bore into the leaves of their host plant. Chrysalids hibernate under stones.


  • Philotes sonorensis sonorensis
  • Philotes sonorensis extinctis Mattoni, 1991 (upper San Gabriel river wash in southern California)



Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Source: Wikipedia

Belongs to 0 communities

This taxon hasn't been featured in any communities yet.

Learn more about Communities


EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!