Persius Duskywing

Erynnis persius
Spread-wing Skippers

Appearance: Overall above dark blackish brown with a soft mottled look and with scattering of dark gray scales on the forewing with a cluster of tiny glassy white spots near forewing tip. The hindwing is largely unmarked with two rows of light spots near trailing edge of wing. Hindwing fringes are dark.

Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inches

Habitat: Open wooded areas, mountain meadows, and along roads and trails

Season: Early May to early August

Larval Foodplant: Golden banner, lupines and other legumes

Did You Know…
The common name of the ‘skippers’ group probably refers to the bounding or skipping and erratic flight style often close to the ground. Skippers are most likely more closely related to moths than true butterflies as the pupal stages are protected within silken cocoons rather than the exposed and unprotected chrysalis of butterflies.

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