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Mournful Duskywing - Erynnis tristis

Mournful Duskywing butterflies are often feeding at plants in the mint or sage family including this blue lavendin, Lavandula intermedia provence. The caterpillars feed on a variety of oak leaves (see Quercus below). The Mournful Duskywing range is from Northern California south to Arizona and occaisionally Texas. Sage family plants, goldenrod family plants and buckwheat family plants are regular nectar sources for the Mournful Duskywing. The following list are all plants that we have found attract the Mournful Duskywing to our butterfly gardens.

Mournful Duskywing, Erynnis tristis

Mournful Duskywing Butterfly feeding on lavender blossoms. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Amaranthus
Aster chilensis
Cercis occidentalis
Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Eriogonum arboresens
Eriogonum cinereum
Eriogonum crocatum
Eriogonum grande rubescens
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Eriogonum incanum
Eriognoum umbellatum

Lavandula allardii Meerlo
Lavandula dentata
Lavandula dentata candicans
Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey
Lavandula Grosso
Lavandula heterophylla
Lavandula multifida
Lavandula pinnata buchii
Lavandula provence
Leonotis menthifolia
Monardella lanceolata
Quercus agrifolia
Quercus douglasii
Quercus john-tuckeri
Quercus kelloggii
Quercus lobata
Salvia Allen Chickering
Salvia brandegeei
Salvia Celestial Blue * Celestial Blue Sage
Salvia clevelandii
Salvia clevelandii Winnefred Gilman * Winnifred Gilman Sage
Salvia coahuilensis
Salvia leucantha
Salvia leucantha Danielle's Dream
Salvia leucantha Midnight
Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara
Salvia leucophylla Amethyst Bluff
Salvia leucophylla Bee's Bliss
Salvia leucophylla Point Sal Spreader
Salvia mellifera
Salvia Pozo Blue
Salvia Terra Seca
Salvia uliginosa
Salvia Winifred Gilman
Solidago californica
Symphyotrichon chilense