Species Page: Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

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.

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

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

Overwintering: As a full-grown caterpillar.

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

Avg. Wingspan: 1 – 1 5/16 inches

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

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