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Species Erynnis brizo - Sleepy Duskywing - Hodges#3946

Erynnis brizo - female Erynnis brizo - female Sleepy Duskywing - Erynnis brizo - male IMG_0634 - Erynnis brizo - female Sleepy Duskywing - Erynnis brizo Skipper sp. - Erynnis brizo Sleepy duskywing - Erynnis brizo - female Sleepy Duskywing - Erynnis brizo - male
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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 Pyrginae (Spread-wing Skippers)
Tribe Erynnini
Genus Erynnis (Duskywings)
Species brizo (Sleepy Duskywing - Hodges#3946)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Banded Oak Dusky wing
Wingspan 28-41 mm
Forewings lack translucent spots. Compare Dreamy Duskywing, E. icelus. See Internet, print references.
Eastern United States, plus southwestern United States into Mexico, parts of California.
Dry oak or oak/pine woodlands, usually on sandy or shaly soil.
April-May, early June (northern part of range, e.g., New York, Wisconsin), March-April (North Carolina), January-May (Florida, Texas)
Adults take nectar, especially from heath family (Ericaceae) plants. They also take fluids from mud, etc.
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on oaks of dry habitats, including Scrub Oak, Quercus ilicifolia and Black Oak, Quercus velutina. Larvae live in nests of rolled oak leaves and overwinter there, pupate and emerge in spring. Males "hilltop", or patrol hostplants to seek females. One flight per year.
Print References
Brock and Kaufman, p. 284 (1)
Glassberg, p. 155, plate 51 (2)
Scott, plate 4 (caterpillar), 42 (adult), fig. 71, #647, p. 488 (3)
Allen, p. 194, plate 25--adult, plate 40--larva (4)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
2.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
3.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.
4.The Butterflies of West Virginia and Their Caterpillars
Thomas J. Allen. 1998. University of Pittsburgh Press.