Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Dukes' Skipper
Euphyes dukesi (Lindsey, 1923)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is sooty black; male forewing has a stigma, female forewing has a few pale spots. Underside of hindwing is pale brown with a yellow streak through the cell.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inches (3.8 - 4.5 cm).
Life History: Males patrol to find receptive females. Eggs are deposited singly under host plant leaves. Fourth-stage caterpillars overwinter.
Flight: Two broods from June-September in the mid-South; three broods from May-November in the Deep South.
Caterpillar Hosts: Sedges including hairy sedge (Carex lacustris) and shoreline sedge (Carex hyalinolepis).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of pickerelweed, sneezeweed, hibiscus, and blue mistflower.
Habitat: Shaded tupelo swamps, partially shaded marshes or ditches.
Range: Three populations in the eastern United States the Atlantic Coast from southeast Virginia to northern peninsular Florida, 2) the lower Mississippi Valley from central Missouri and southern Illinois south to the Gulf Coast, and 3) southern Ontario, southeastern Michigan, northeastern Indiana, and northern Ohio.
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.
Comments: NULL
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