Rocky Mountain Duskywing (Erynnis telemachus Burns)
Wing span: 1 3/8 - 1 3/4 inches (3.5 - 4.5 cm).
Identification: Fringes are brown. Upperside is brown; forewing has gray scales and distinct clear spots. Underside of hindwing has very small spots below the apex. Male has a costal fold containing yellow scent scales; female has a patch of scent scales on the 7th abdominal segment.
Life history: To seek females, males perch in gulches during the day. Females lay eggs singly on the bark and leaf buds of the host plant.
Flight: One brood from April-July.
Caterpillar hosts: Gambel oak (Quercus gambeli).
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Oak woodland and openings.
Range: Southern Wyoming, Utah, southeastern Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
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.
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. Tilden, J.W. and A.C. Smith. 1986. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.