Polygonia gracilis zephyrus (W. H. Edwards, 1870)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Subspecies zephyrus is found from southern British Columbia and Alberta south to California, Arizona and New Mexico. In Nebraska it has been found in the Pine Ridge areas of the panhandle and Cherry County.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight reported from South Dakota where adults fly from mid July to September, overwinter and fly again the following spring. In Nebraska most records are from June, with several from late July.

Larval Hostplant(s): Various currants, of which western red (Ribes cereum) is likely the only one utilized in Nebraska.

Habitat: The Zephyr inhabits Pine Ridge habitats where it can be found in canyons along roads, streams and woodland margins.

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Wildcat Hills SRA

Overwintering: As adults

Similar Species:

Notes: As with other anglewings, adults frequent sap, scat and carrion but will also visit flowers.

Zephyr, Photo by Matthew Brust
Zephyr – dorsal
Zephyr – ventral

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