Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Bell's Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes belli H.A. Freeman, 1941

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Fringes are strongly checkered. Upperside is dark brown; forewing has pale spots, but none in the cell. Underside is gray-black with 2 rows of pale gray spots.
Wing Span: 1 3/16 - 1 1/4 inches (3 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch to watch for receptive females. Caterpillars eat leaves and make shelters of folded leaves. Caterpillars of the last brood hibernate in the fourth stage and pupate within silk-lined leaf cases in soil debris.
Flight: Three broods from April-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Indian woodoats grass (Chasmanthium latifolia).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Grassy areas near creeks, in woodland openings and edges, and city gardens.
Range: Eastern Kansas, central Oklahoma, and central Texas east to southwest Ohio, central Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, and western South Carolina.
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.
Comments: NULL