Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Linda's Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes linda H.A. Freeman, 1943


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown with a few light spots; male forewing stigma is obscure. Underside of forewing is deep brown with a black tip; hindwing is black-brown with gray overscales and a band of pale gray spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 5/16 inches (2.9 - 3.4 cm).
Life History: Females lay eggs singly on the underside of host leaves near the edge. Caterpillars eat leaves, and live and pupate in tents of folded, sealed leaves.
Flight: Two broods from April-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Indian woodoats grass (Chasmanthium latifolia).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including blackberry.
Habitat: Near woodland streams.
Range: Western Tennessee west through southern Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas to eastern Oklahoma.
Conservation: Populations and their habitat should be conserved wherever found.
NCGR: G2 - Imperiled globally because of rarity (6 to 20 occurrences), or because of other factors demonstrably making it very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range. (Endangered throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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