The adult I reared from larvae collected from a Malva, or close relative, in the garden.
A pretty parasitic plant growing amongst pines.
This is the closest photo I could get.
Of the species in Heath, F., and Clarke, H. 2004. An introduction to Southern California butterflies, this photo most closely matches the gorgon copper, although it mentions the similar Great Copper which is not illustrated.
An amazing plant along the shore of Lake Hemet.
As well as larvae on the Urtica, I also saw one adult red admiral nearby but didn't get a good photo.
I see more New Zealand Phormium planted in gardens of coastal southern Californian than in Christchurch, New Zealand.
This is the same pretty parasitic plant growing amongst pines as I saw at Lake Fulmor. Note the lack of obvious leaves.
This is the same pretty parasitic plant growing amongst pines as I saw at Lake Fulmor.