Common Sootywing

Pholisora catullus (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Common resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Almost the entire United States (with the exception of some of the inter-mountain west and southern Florida) south into central Mexico. It is found statewide in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Two broods. It has been found in Nebraska from 3 May – 7 September, but most common in late spring into early summer.

Larval Hostplant(s):  Pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) and lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album)

Habitat: Prefers open areas like road or path edges where it flies low to the ground.

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Harlan County Reservoir, Fontenelle Forest, Calamus SRA, Nebraska National Forest-Halsey, Sidney rest area, Kinter’s Ford SWMA, Box Elder SWMA

Overwintering: As a full-grown caterpillar

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Common Sootywing, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Photo by J. Nikkila
Common Sootywing – dorsal

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