Mulberry Wing

Poanes massasoit (Scudder, 1863)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare resident

NENHP Ranking: SNR, Tier 2

Range: The Mulberry Wing resides in an area from Minnesota and Iowa east to the East Coast. The only specific Nebraska record is from Boone County.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight. Our records are from early July.

Larval Hostplant(s): Sedges (Carex species)

Habitat: Marshes and wetlands

Found at: One Boone County wetland

Overwintering:  Likely as a larva

Similar Species:

Notes:  Poanes massasoit is mentioned several times as occurring in Nebraska in old literature. Barber (1894) mentions a record from Dodge County with no data which was thought to be in error in light of no subsequent records. The species was rediscovered in 2001 in a marshy area along Beaver Creek northeast of Albion in Boone County. It has been found there on several occasions since indicating a stable population, the only one known for the state.

Mulberry Wing, David Cappaert,
Mulberry Wing – dorsal
Mulberry Wing – ventral

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