Nysa Roadside Skipper

Amblyscirtes nysa (W. H. Edwards, 1877)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare resident?/stray. Considered by Heitzman (1987) to be a breeding resident in western Missouri. It is also reported (Ely, et al, 1986) to be common in eastern Kansas.

NENHP Ranking: S1, Tier 2

Range: Inhabits southern Arizona and New Mexico, and most of Texas northward into Kansas. Nebraska records are from the southern tier of counties.

Broods/Flight Times: Double brooded to the south with flights peaking from April to June and late July through August. Kansas records are from 25 April – 2 October.

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses including Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis), Yellow Foxtail (Setaria glauca), Echinochloa muricataLeptochloa and Paspalum species.

Habitat: Nebraska records do not appear to be tied to any particular habitat, perhaps suggesting it occurs as a stray.

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Overwintering:  Mid to late stage larvae

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Common Name, Location, Photographer
Nysa Roadside Skipper – dorsal
Nysa Roadside Slipper – ventral

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