Nysa Roadside Skipper
Amblyscirtes nysa (W. H. Edwards, 1877)
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 muricata, Leptochloa and Paspalum species.
Habitat: Nebraska records do not appear to be tied to any particular habitat, perhaps suggesting it occurs as a stray.
Overwintering: Mid to late stage larvae