Butterfly: Wingspan is 1 5/16 to 1 3/4 inches (3.3 to 4.5 cm). This unique skipper has black wings. The hindwing fringes are highly contrasted, being white. This distinguishes this skipper from most other duskywings skippers in Alabama. The forewing is narrow and pointed and has a distinctive brown patch near the center.The hindwing is triangular.
Egg: The egg is laid singly under the host plant leaf.
Caterpillar: Larvae are pale green with a lateral yellow line on each side. Its body is covered with tiny tubercles, each with a short hair. Its head is is light brown with pale orange brown patches. They cut sections of host plant leaves, roll them up, and live inside.Larvae from the final brood overwinter inside their leaf shelter and pupate in the spirng.
Chrysalis: The chrysalis has not been documented.
This skipper is a very rapid flyer. Collectors have noted that it is one of the most difficult skippers to net.
In Alabama, it has only been found in the extreme southwestern part of the state. Otherwise, it is generally distributed from southwest Alabama across southern Mississippi, Texas, and the desert southwest; thence southward through tropical America to Argentina.
A dot on the county map indicates that there is at least one documented record of the species within that county. In some cases, a species may be common throughout the county, in others it may be found in only a specific habitat.
The sightings bar graphs depict the timing of flight(s) within each of three geographic regions. Place your cursor on a bar within the graph to see the number of individuals recorded during that period.
The abundance calendar displays the total number of individuals recorded within each week of the month. Both the graphs and the calendar are on based data collection that began in 2000.
The records analyzed here are only a beginning. As more data is collected, these maps and graphs will paint a more accurate picture of distribution and abundance in Alabama. Submit your sightings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sightings in the following counties: Baldwin
This skipper is found in a wide variey of habitats including woodland edges, brushy fields, and dirt roads. Out west, it even inhabits deserts. It is a very hardy and adaptable species.
In Alabama, the host plants have not yet been documented.
Elsewhere, the larvae prefer to eat leaves of several species of legumes including: New Mexican Locust (Robinia neomexicana), Bur Clover (Medicago hispida), Deerweed (Lotus scoparius), Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota). indigos (Indigofera spp.), vetches (Vicia spp), Rattlebush (Sesbania drummondii) and Alfalfa (Medicago sativa). Remember that this is a more southwestern U. S. species and some of the host plants listed here may not occur in Alabama.
Funereal Duskywings nectar on a variety of flowering plants.