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Butterflies of North America -- Amblyscirtes linda

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Linda's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes linda)

Linda's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes linda H. A. Freeman)

Wing span: 1 1/8 - 1 5/16 inches (2.9 - 3.4 cm).

Identification: Upperside is dark brown with a few light spots; male forewing stigma is obscure. Underside of forewing is deep brown with a black tip; hindwing is black-brown with gray overscales and a band of pale gray spots.

Life history: Females lay eggs singly on the underside of host leaves near the edge. Caterpillars eat leaves, and live and pupate in tents of folded, sealed leaves.

Flight: Two broods from April-July.

Caterpillar hosts: Indian woodoats grass (Chasmanthium latifolia).

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including blackberry.

Habitat: Near woodland streams.

Range: Western Tennessee west through southern Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas to eastern Oklahoma.

Conservation: Populations and their habitat should be conserved wherever found.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled globally because of rarity (6 to 20 occurrences), or because of other factors demonstrably making it very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range. (Endangered throughout its range).

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

Linda's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes linda)
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