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Butterflies of Virginia -- Amblyscirtes alternata

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Butterflies of Virginia

Dusky Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes alternata)

Dusky Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes alternata [Grote & Robinson])

Wing span: 7/8 - 1 inch (2.2 - 2.5 cm).

Identification: Fringes are white with small black checks; forewing is pointed. Upperside is black-brown; forewing has a faint row of pale spots. Underside of hindwing has a dusting of dull gray.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: Two broods from March-August in most of the range; perhaps three broods as late as November in Florida, the Gulf states, and Texas.

Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Open pine woods.

Range: Southeast Virginia south to Florida; west to east Texas.

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

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened 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.

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:

Glassberg,  J.  1993.  Butterflies Through Binoculars: A Field Guide to 
     Butterflies in the Boston-New York-Washington Region.  Oxford Univ. Press, 
     New York, N.Y.  160 pp.    

Clark, A.H. and Clark, L.F. 1951.  The Butterflies of Virginia.  Smithsonian
     Miscellaneous collection No. 116:1-239.

Layberry, R.A., Hall, P.W. & Lafontaine, D.J., 1998.  The Butterflies of 
     Canada.  University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON.  280 pp. 
     
Opler, P.A. 1998. A field guide to eastern butterflies, revised format.
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.     

Woodbury, E.N.  1994.  Butterflies of Delmarva.  Delaware Nature Society, Inc., 
     Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, MD.  138 pp.  [NOTE: this book only 
     treats True Butterflies (Papilionoidea).  It does not treat Skippers 
     (Hesperioidea).]
Dusky Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes alternata)
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