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Species Amblyscirtes carolina - Carolina Roadside-Skipper - Hodges#4100

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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 Hesperiinae (Grass Skippers)
Tribe Moncini
Genus Amblyscirtes
Species carolina (Carolina Roadside-Skipper - Hodges#4100)
Hodges Number
4100
Numbers
uncommon to common within range
Size
wingspan 29-37 mm
Identification
Adult: upperside dark brown; forewing with small yellow spots; underside of forewing black with dull yellow apex; underside of hindwing dull yellow with brown spots
[adapted from description at nearctica.com]
Range
Virginia to South Carolina, west to Mississippi, plus isolated populations in Delaware, Illinois, and Arkansas (see distribution map)
Habitat
near streams and swamps in wet woods
Season
adults fly from April to September (3 broods)
Food
larvae probably feed on Switchcane (Arundinaria gigantea tecta)
adults nectar from flowers of various herbaceous plants
Life Cycle
3 generations per year
See Also
upperside is similar to other Roadside-Skippers (see comparison images of Amblyscirtes species)
Internet References
live adult images and other info (Will Cook, North Carolina, carolinanature.com)
live adult images by Jeffrey Pippen (Duke U., North Carolina)
pinned adult images and distribution map plus description, food, biology, and other info (Butterflies and Skippers of North America, nearctica.com)