Species Page: Nysa Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes nysa)

Nysa Roadside-Skipper

Amblyscirtes nysa (W. H. Edwards, 1877)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Possible rare resident and/or 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.

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

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

Overwintering: Mid to late stage larvae.

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

Avg. Wingspan: 3/4 – 1 3/16 inches

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