Autumn is a good time to see several species of Butterflies. One of them is the beautiful California Sister, Adelpha californica. Gail Eddy recently photographed one in her garden in Gualala.
The photo below was taken by Robert Scarola and lets you see this butterfly with its wings fully extended.
This butterfly is only found on the west coast - in Oregon, western Nevada, Baja California and, of course, California, where they are most likely to be seen. The host plants for the eggs of California Sister Butterflies are Oaks. An interesting fact is that this diet makes them unpalatable to predators.
Thanks to Gail and Robert for allowing me to share their photos with you here.