Black Dash

Euphyes conspicua (W. H. Edwards, 1863)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare local resident

NENHP Ranking: S1, Tier 1

Range: Found from central Minnesota and Iowa east to New York and south to Virginia. In Nebraska it has been found in the northwest quarter of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight in July

Larval Hostplant(s): Sedges, of which Carex stricta is most often mentioned.

Habitat: This skipper inhabits marshes and wetlands

Found at: Hackberry Creek SWMA, Willow Creek SRA

Overwintering: As larvae in a hibernaculum

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Notes: This is, with the exception of the Mulberry Wing, the rarest marsh skipper in the state. Barber (1894) mentions it from Dodge County, but the particulars are unknown. Subspecies buchholzi was described in 1961 from specimens found near Valley (Douglas County)

Black Dash (female), Photo by Matthew Brust
Black Dash – female, dorsal
Black Dash – female, ventral
Black Dash – male, dorsal
Black Dash – male, ventral

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