Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Elissa Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes elissa Godman, 1900

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside of wings is gray-green. Forewing upperside has a pale cream spot in the cell and a median band of pale cream spots that is jagged near the wing tip. Hindwing upperside may or may not have spots.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: One brood from June-August in Arizona.
Caterpillar Hosts: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) and probably other grasses.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including garden rosemary and Cnidoscolus.
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: Southern Mexico north to southeastern Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually required.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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