Scalloped Sootywing

Staphyllus hayhurstii (W. H. Edwards, 1870)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Uncommon/rare resident

NENHP Ranking: S3, Tier 2

Range: Found in southeastern United States north to Pennsylvania and west to Nebraska and eastern Texas. In Nebraska it is presently unreported from the sandhills and panhandle regions.

Broods/Flight Times: At least double brooded with records from mid-May through August

Larval Hostplant(s): Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium album)

Habitat: Scalloped Sootywings inhabit open woodlands, woodland borders, and disturbed areas around farmyards.

Found at: Indian Cave & Mahoney State Parks, Fontenelle Forest, Twin Oaks, Table Rock & Basswood Ridge SWMAs, Camp Luther (Colfax Co), Harlan County Reservoir

Overwintering: Overwinters as partially grown caterpillar

Similar Species: Common Sootywing

Notes: Adults perch moth like, with their wings spread out at their sides.

Scalloped Sootywing, Fontenelle Forest, Photo by Loren Padfelford
Scalloped Sootywing – dorsal
Scalloped Sootywing – ventral

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