Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Texas Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes texanae Bell, 1927


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Tan fringe is checkered with brown. Upperside of forewing is dark brown with small yellowish spots; hindwing is brown, either unmarked or with a faint row of spots. Underside is dark brown; forewing spots are repeated from the upperside, hindwing has gray frosting and faint powdery light spots.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch all day on rocks in gullies to wait for receptive females.
Flight: One brood in Arizona from July-September, several broods in the rest of the range from April-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Probably grasses, including bulb panicgrass (Panicum bulbosum).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open woodland, prairie gulches, and rocky washes; usually in areas of limestone soil.
Range: Southern Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
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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