Attributes of Hesperopsis alpheus

Saltbush Sootywing
Hesperopsis alpheus (W.H. Edwards, 1876)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Fringes are checkered. Upperside is black. Forewing has a mottled gray pattern and a row of dark bars near the outer margin. Hindwing may have pale spots. Underside is black; hindwing with small pale spots.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 1/4 inches (2 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: To find receptive females, males patrol all day around the host plants and in gulches. Caterpillars eat leaves and make shelters of rolled leaves.
Flight: Two broods from May-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Shadscale (Atriplex canescens) and quail brush (Atriplex lentiformis) in the goosefoot family (Chenopodiaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Desert washes, alkali flats, arid canyons.
Range: Nevada east to Colorado; south to southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and Chihuahua, Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Juan County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colfax County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter McKinley County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cibola County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Socorro County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Grant County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sierra County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dona Ana County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Otero County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Eddy County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Chaves County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter De Baca County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Apache County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pinal County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Greenlee County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Graham County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pima County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gila County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mono County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Inyo County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kern County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Bernardino County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lassen County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Los Angeles County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Moffat County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Garfield County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Eagle County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mesa County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Delta County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Montrose County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ouray County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Montezuma County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter La Plata County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Archuleta County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Conejos County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Costilla County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Huerfano County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pueblo County, Colorado, United States December 31, 2004 Details