Attributes of Thorybes pylades

Northern Cloudywing
Thorybes pylades (Scudder, 1870)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown; clear spots on forewing are small, triangular, and not aligned. Male forewing has a costal fold enclosing scent scales. Underside is brown with gray overscaling; hindwing has 2 dark bands.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 7/8 inches (3.2 - 4.7 cm).
Life History: Males perch on or near the ground in forest openings to wait for females. Eggs are laid singly under leaves of the host plants. Caterpillars feed on leaves and live in shelters of rolled or tied leaves. Fully-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One brood from May-July in the north, earlier in the south. Two broods from March-September in Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various plants in the pea family (Fabaceae) including beggar's ticks (Desmodium), bush clover (Lespedeza), clover (Trifolium), lotus (Hosackia), and others.
Adult Food: Usually nectar from blue, purple, pink, or white flowers including dogbane, selfheal, crown vetch, Japanese honeysuckle, thistles, common milkweed, Deptford pink, hoary vervain, and others.
Habitat: Open or scrubby boreal woodland and forest edges.
Range: Nova Scotia west across southern Canada to British Columbia, south through California and the Rocky Mountain states to Mexico, Texas, the Gulf states, and 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: In southwest Texas and northeast Mexico, a tan to white-fringed form, subspecies albosuffusa, may be found, looking superficially similar to Drusius and Desert Cloudywings.

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June 29, 2016 ncrosbyrd Placer County, California, United States July 25, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States July 15, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States June 30, 2016 Details
June 16, 2016 Bdog San Diego County, California, United States June 18, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada June 10, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 hiker96 Platte County, Missouri, United States June 09, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 TPeterson San Mateo County, California, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 CA Ivy Logan County, Arkansas, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 20, 2016 cosmic_cat Little River County, Arkansas, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 03, 2016 ncrosbyrd Leon County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States May 16, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 29, 2016 Details
April 08, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 08, 2016 Details
June 15, 2015 ncrosbyrd Ouray County, Colorado, United States April 07, 2016 Details
July 07, 2012 Matt ODonnell Grant County, New Mexico, United States January 22, 2016 Details
May 21, 2011 Matt ODonnell Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States January 20, 2016 Details
July 28, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States September 25, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 roseanna Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States September 03, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 roseanna McCreary County, Kentucky, United States September 03, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 John Wilson Socorro County, New Mexico, United States August 23, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Melinda Fawver Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
March 08, 2015 Ron Smith Highlands County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 14, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 24, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 22, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 stephen stedman Clay County, Tennessee, United States July 19, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 John429 Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States July 18, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada July 12, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 Doug Bruce Blount County, Tennessee, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 Bill Link Baltimore County, Maryland, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 18, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 15, 2015 Details
May 29, 2015 ShaunaRyner Ontario, Canada June 12, 2015 Details
May 17, 2015 nmbirder Sierra County, New Mexico, United States June 10, 2015 Details
April 13, 2015 Vince Moxon Sarasota County, Florida, United States June 07, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 davidwdroppers (plex1ppus) Spokane County, Washington, United States June 05, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 Kurt R. Schwarz Howard County, Maryland, United States May 31, 2015 Details
April 13, 2015 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 30, 2015 Details
May 18, 2015 tom howe Humphreys County, Tennessee, United States May 29, 2015 Details
May 21, 2015 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States May 24, 2015 Details