Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Slaty Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes nereus (W.H. Edwards, 1876)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is blackish brown; forewing row of white spots is complete while the hindwing row is complete, reduced, or absent. Male stigma on the forewing is obscure. Underside of hindwing is gray-green with a dark brown anal area and pale spots.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/8 inches (2.5 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: One brood from June-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Flower nectar including that from legumes (Fabaceae).
Habitat: Grassy open woodland, usually near springs.
Range: Southeastern Arizona east to west Texas, south to Mexico.
Conservation: Populations 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.
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