Species Page: Hayhurst’s Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)

Scalloped Sootywing

Staphylus 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.

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

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

Overwintering: Overwinters as partially grown caterpillar.

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

Avg. Wingspan: 1 – 1 1/4 inches

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

Similar Species: Common Sootywing

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

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