Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Confused Cloudywing
Thorybes confusis Bell, 1922


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown; forewing spots are transparent and elongated. Male lacks a costal fold. Underside of hindwing is dark brown with well-defined markings.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 1 7/8 inches (3.8 - 4.8 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Two broods from April-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Possibly bush clover (Lespedeza) in the pea family (Fabaceae). This species has been documented ovipositing on Tephrosia florida (Florida Hoarypea) in North Carolina.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Near swamps and marshes; woods in river valleys.
Range: Southeastern Pennsylvania west to Missouri, south along the Atlantic Coastal plain to central Florida, the Gulf Coast, and Texas. Strays to southeastern Kansas, southern Illinois, and New Jersey.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: Added extra text about ovipositing - as per Harry LeGrand and Will.