Attributes of Pholisora catullus

Common Sootywing
Pholisora catullus (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside is glossy black with small white spots on outer third of forewing. Female has more white spots on the forewing than the male, and a submarginal row of spots on the hindwing. Underside of forewing repeats the upperside; hindwing is solid black.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 5/16 inches (2.5 - 3.3 cm).
Life History: Adults bask with the wings spread open. To find receptive females, males patrol near the ground in sunny places; mating takes place in the morning and afternoon. Near midday, females lay eggs singly on the tops of host plant leaves. Caterpillars live and feed within shelters of folded leaves. Caterpillars of the second brood overwinter in their silk-lined leaf shelters and pupate within them in the spring.
Flight: Two broods; from May-August in the north, March-November in Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album), amaranths (Amaranthus), and cockscomb (Celosia).
Adult Food: Nectar from many flowers including dogbane, marjoram, oxalis, white clover, common milkweed, peppermint, cucumber, and melon.
Habitat: Open or disturbed areas such as landfills, vacant lots, gardens, roadsides, fields, and pastures.
Range: Central United States south to central Mexico. Strays and colonizes to southern British Columbia, northern Michigan, southern Quebec, and southern Maine. Does not occur in peninsular Florida.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 17, 2014 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 pomarinejaeger Sanilac County, Michigan, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Lake County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 Jack Senzig Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States September 04, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 Melinda Fawver Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 jwilkinson Charles County, Maryland, United States August 16, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 03, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 12, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Raul Delgado Texas, United States, Webb County July 05, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States June 29, 2014 Details
May 27, 2014 Moth Leumas Solano County, California, United States May 28, 2014 Details
August 28, 2011 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
March 29, 2014 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States April 15, 2014 Details
August 24, 2013 Brian Taber James City County, Virginia, United States March 16, 2014 Details
June 20, 2013 Ansel Oommen Queens County, New York, United States March 03, 2014 Details
July 26, 2008 dspicer Jackson County, Alabama, United States November 15, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 Amanda Fulton Medina County, Ohio, United States September 14, 2013 Details
August 27, 2013 Fritz Riedel Calvert County, Maryland, United States September 02, 2013 Details
August 08, 2012 digginflowers Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2013 Details
September 01, 2012 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 klgraves Pima County, Arizona, United States August 19, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 Pamela D. Fisher Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States August 13, 2013 Details
July 16, 2013 paramaniac Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2013 Details
June 23, 2013 Nick Pulcinella Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2013 Details
August 03, 2013 Nancy Weiss Albemarle County, Virginia, United States August 10, 2013 Details
August 07, 2013 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States August 10, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 Doug Bruce Clay County, Tennessee, United States August 07, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States August 05, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 marquy Wayne County, Michigan, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 treichard Juniata County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 Bob Bouman Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2013 Details
June 20, 2013 kent Obion County, Tennessee, United States June 20, 2013 Details
May 27, 2013 stormyeyes99 Albany County, New York, United States May 29, 2013 Details
April 26, 2013 GSSpicer Catoosa County, Georgia, United States May 13, 2013 Details
May 07, 2013 Ansel Oommen Queens County, New York, United States May 10, 2013 Details
May 07, 2013 Ansel Oommen Queens County, New York, United States May 08, 2013 Details
April 14, 2013 ms722 Davidson County, Tennessee, United States April 18, 2013 Details
August 14, 2011 Dave Rintoul Riley County, Kansas, United States April 16, 2013 Details
June 25, 1984 paulopler (Paul Opler) Eureka County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 22, 1990 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 26, 1991 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
May 14, 1992 legacy.reporter (Ray Stanford) Gila County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
March 09, 1998 legacy.reporter (Ray Stanford) Yuma County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 27, 2012 legacy.reporter (Jerry Green) Colbert County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 25, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Cleburne County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 03, 2012 aahewetson Texas, United States, Winkler County November 04, 2012 Details
August 19, 2012 digibug Windham County, Vermont, United States October 30, 2012 Details