Elissa Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes elissa Godman)
Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Identification: Upperside of wings is gray-green. Forewing upperside has a pale cream spot in the cell and a median band of pale cream spots that is jagged near the wing tip. Hindwing upperside may or may not have spots.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: One brood from June-August in Arizona.
Caterpillar hosts: Sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) and probably other grasses.
Adult food: Nectar from flowers including garden rosemary and Cnidoscolus.
Habitat: Not reported.
Range: Southern Mexico north to southeastern Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually required.
Management needs: None reported.
Bailowitz, R. A., and J. P. Brock. 1991. Butterflies of southeastern Arizona. Sonoran Arthropod Studies, Inc., Tucson, Arizona. 342 pages. 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.
Author: Jane M. Struttmann
State and Regional References:
Ferris, C.D. and F.M. Brown. 1980. Butterflies of the Rocky Mountain States. University of Oklahoma Press. Norman. 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. Tilden, J.W. and A.C. Smith. 1986. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. Add Toliver, M., Holland, R., and S.J. Cary. 1996. Distributional data for New Mexico Butterflies. Privately published. Albuquerque, N.M.