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Species Erynnis baptisiae - Wild Indigo Duskywing - Hodges#3959

Wild Indigo Duskywing - Erynnis baptisiae Unknown Butterfly - Erynnis baptisiae - male Erynnis - Erynnis baptisiae Erynnis baptisiae, lucilius? - Erynnis baptisiae Dusky Spread-wing Skipper - Erynnis baptisiae Wild Indigo Duskywing - Erynnis baptisiae Erynnis horatius?? - Erynnis baptisiae Baptisia butterfly - Erynnis baptisiae
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Subfamily Pyrginae (Spread-wing Skippers)
Tribe Erynnini
Genus Erynnis (Duskywings)
Species baptisiae (Wild Indigo Duskywing - Hodges#3959)
Hodges Number
3959
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erynnis baptisiae (Forbes, 1936)
Size
WS ≈ 35–41mm
Identification
Adult: Upperside of FW is dark on the basal half and lighter on the outer half, with a distinct orange-brown patch at the end of the cell. Male has a costal fold containing yellow scent scales; female has a patch of scent scales on the 7th abdominal segment. b
Habitat
Open woods and barrens for native hosts. Highways, railroad beds, and upland fields for the introduced crown vetch. b
Season
Adults are on wing from late April to early June and again from July to August. There are two generations per year. a
Food
Adult: Feed on nectar from flowers of blackberry, white sweet clover, dogbane, sunflower, crimson clover and probably others. a
Larva: Mainly feed on Baptisia tinctoria, but have also been recorded on Baptisia australis, Lupinus perennis, Thermopsis villosa and Coronilla varia. a
Life Cycle
Males perch in open areas on low shrubs to wait for females. Eggs are deposited singly on the host plant. Fully-grown caterpillars from the second brood hibernate. b
Remarks
The species is rapidly expanding its range and abundance by colonizing plantings of crown vetch along roadways and railroad beds. a
See Also
Erynnis lucilius           Erynnis baptisiae           Erynnis persius

Columbine (E. lucilius), Wild Indigo (E. baptisiae) and Persius (E. persius) Duskywings belong to the "Persius complex," a confusing group of very similar skippers. a
Internet References
Wikipedia - brief description and image