Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Dusky Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes alternata (Grote & Robinson, 1867)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Fringes are white with small black checks; forewing is pointed. Upperside is black-brown; forewing has a faint row of pale spots. Underside of hindwing has a dusting of dull gray.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 inch (2.2 - 2.5 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Two broods from March-August in most of the range; perhaps three broods as late as November in Florida, the Gulf states, and Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open pine woods.
Range: Southeast Virginia south to Florida; west to east Texas.
Conservation: Populations and their habitats should be conserved wherever found.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL

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