Afranius Duskywing

Erynnis afranius
Spread-wing Skippers

Appearance: Small brown duskywing; difficult to separate from Persius Duskywing, especially as they age and wear. Above, often has a brown patch on the outer forward wing edge and lacks gray hairs that give Persius its “soft” look. The hindwing dorsal surface is more uniform in color with less markings.

Size: Small; 7/8 to 1 5/16 inches

Habitat: Prairie, canyons and draws, meadows and tundra

Season: Spring and summer; 2 broods

Larval Foodplant: Lupines, Golden Banner, legumes

Did You Know…
Nectars on Golden Banner

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