Prenda Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes tolteca Evans)
Wing span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).
Identification: Upperside is dark brown, underside lighter brown; both with many small white spots on forewing and hindwing. Male forewing stigma is large and dark brown.
Life history: Adults visit flowers in the morning and rest in the shade during the afternoon.
Flight: Several broods from April-September.
Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.
Adult food: Nectar from flowers including Allionia.
Habitat: Open woodland, desert grassland, dry washes, and riparian areas.
Range: Southeastern Arizona and northern Mexico.
Conservation: Populations and their habitats should be conserved wherever found.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: GU - Unable to assign rank due to lack of available information.
Management needs: None reported.
Bailowitz, R. A., and J. P. Brock. 1991. Butterflies of southeastern Arizona. Sonoran Arthropod Studies, Inc., Tucson, Arizona. 342 pages. Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates. Stanford, R. E. and P. A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of western USA butterflies including adjacent parts of Canada and Mexico. Denver and Fort Collins, CO. Tilden, J. W. 1986. A field guide to western butterflies. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. 370 pages, 23 color plates.
Author: Jane M. Struttmann
State and Regional References:
Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. Stanford, R.E. and P.A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of Western USA Butterflies. Privately published, Denver, Colo.