Oslar's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes oslari [Skinner])
Wing span: 1 - 1 3/8 inches (2.5 - 3.5 cm).
Identification: Upperside is orange-brown with no markings; male forewing has a small black stigma. Underside of hindwing is light gray with a pale postmedian band.
Life history: Males are territorial and perch on sandy spots in gullies and ditches to wait for receptive females.
Flight: One brood from May-July in the north; one brood from July-September in Arizona; two broods from April-September in New Mexico and Texas.
Caterpillar hosts: Probably blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis) and other grasses.
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Ravines, canyon bottoms, and foothills in prairies and open woodland.
Range: Southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and North Dakota south through the high plains and Rocky Mountains to Arizona, New Mexico, and South 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.
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Author: Jane M. Struttmann