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Butterflies of Mississippi -- Amblyscirtes reversa

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Butterflies of Mississippi

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:

Layberry, R.A., Hall, P.W. & Lafontaine, D.J., 1998.  The Butterflies of 
     Canada.  University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON.  280 pp. 

Mather, B. and Mather, K.  1958.  The Butterflies of Mississippi.  Tulane 
     Studies in Zoology 6:63-109.
     
Opler, P.A. 1998. A field guide to eastern butterflies, revised format.
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.      
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