Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Reversed Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes reversa W.M. Jones, 1926

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown; forewing with pale spots. Underside is rust-brown; hindwing has a yellow streak in the cell and a submarginal row of small yellow spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars eat leaves and make shelters of rolled leaves.
Flight: Two to three broods from April-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Switch cane (Arundinaria tecta).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Swampy or wet woods near slow streams, with cane undergrowth.
Range: Spotty distribution from southeast Virginia south to northern Georgia; also in southern Mississippi and southern Illinois.
Conservation: Populations should be monitored as habitat is gradually being reduced by drainage and conversion to agriculture.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
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