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Species Achalarus lyciades - Hoary Edge - Hodges#3904

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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 Eudaminae (Dicot Skippers)
Genus Achalarus
Species lyciades (Hoary Edge - Hodges#3904)
Hodges Number
Wingspan 4.5-4.9 cm.
Resembles Silver-spotted Skipper, but smaller, hindwing has diffuse frosty spot, going all the way to edge.
Eastern United States
Open woodlands, deciduous or mixed. Often near sandy soil, where hostplant found.
April-September (2 broods)
Adults take nectar, other fluids.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on tickseed--Desomodium and other pea family--Fabaceae.
Much less common than the similar, larger, Silver-spotted Skipper.
Print References
Glassberg (1)
Brock (2)
Scott (3)
Internet References
USDA Forestry Images (First two linked images at that page are in error--an elfin. Others are correct.)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
2.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
3.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.