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Butterflies of Georgia

Reversed Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes reversa)

Reversed Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes reversa F. M. Jones)

Wing span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).

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.

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.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None reported.

References:


Opler, P. A. and G. O. Krizek. 1984. Butterflies east of the Great Plains. Johns 

     Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. 294 pages, 54 color plates.



Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern butterflies. Peterson 

     field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston. 396 pages, 48 color plates.



Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, 

     Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

State and Regional References:


Harris, L., Jr.  1972  Butterflies of Georgia.  Univ. of Oklahoma Press, Norman,

     OK.  326 pp.

     

Opler, P.A. 1998. A field guide to eastern butterflies, revised format.

     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.     

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