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Arizona Sister

Adelpha bredowii

photo © by Mike Plagens

Photographed by Mike Plagens along Sycamore Creek in the Pine Mountain Wilderness, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 07 June 2009.

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The Arizona Sister, also known as the California Sister, is a common butterfly of Sycamore Woodlands particularly when there are oaks nearby. The oaks are important because the caterpillar stage is dependent on fresh oak foliage as a food source. Adult butterflies will on rare occasion take nectar from flowers. More often these butterflies prefer liquid food they pick up from sap wounds on trees or from manure or carrion.

Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

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