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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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HORACE'S DUSKY WING
Horace's dusky wings are drab brown butterflies found in scrubs, sandhills, flatwoods, along the margins of hammocks and in shrubby disturbed areas throughout Florida. Most populous in the southeastern United States, the range extends west to Utah and Arizona, through the midwest as far as South Dakota and Minnesota and into New England, excluding Vermont and Maine.
WIngspans range from 3.4 to 4.9 cm (1-1/3 to 1-15/16 in.). Both sexes have transparent spots on the forewings. Males have a coastal fold on the forewing containing yellow scent scales. Females have scent scales on the seventh abdominal segment. Females have more of a wing pattern, showing white and black areas on the brown wings, both upperside and underside. Males show a very faint pattern mostly on the upperside of the forewings.
Oak shrubs and trees are larval host plants. Adult butterflies feed on various plants up to about 1.37 m (4-1/2 ft.) high. The butterfly pictured here is feeding on the flowers of turkey tangle fogfruit (Phyla nodiflora).
At least seven of the 25 Erynnis species occur in Florida.
For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Butterflies & Moths of North America page fro this species
Date record last modified:
Jul 29, 2018