Mottled Duskywing

Erynnis martialis
Spread-wing Skippers

Appearance: Above, distinctly mottled, forewing may have a purplish sheen when fresh. Abdomen has light gray rings. Below, mottled rear portions of both wings.

Size: Small; 1 to 1 3/16 inches

Habitat: Open brushy fields and hillsides. An uncommon eastern and midwestern duskywing with an isolated population in Colorado

Season: Early summer; 1 brood

Larval Foodplant: Fendler’s buckbrush and New Jersey tea

Did You Know…
Species is an avid hilltopper.

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