Afranius Duskywing

Erynnis afranius (Lintner, 1878)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Occasional to common local resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: This species is found from southern Alberta and Saskatchewan south to central Mexico. In Nebraska it has been found in the panhandle.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple broods with records from late May to early August. Most common in in May and June.

Larval Hostplant(s): Legumes including Astragalus and Lupinus species

Habitat: The Afranius Duskywing is found on open hillsides and valleys in pine forest environments and rocky prairie slopes and streamsides. 

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Wildcat Hills SRA, Sidney Rest Area, I-80 mm1, Ash Hollow SHP

Overwintering: As fully grown larvae

Similar Species: Other Erynnis lack the light colored hindwing fringe


Afranius Duskywing, Photo by Matthew Brust
Afranius Duskywing – dorsal
Afranius Duskywing – ventral

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