Northern Cloudywing

Thorybes pylades (Scudder, 1870)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Occasional resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This species is found in the eastern half of the United States and much of southern Canada, along with the Rocky Mountains area and the west coast. It has been found statewide in Nebraska with the exception of southwestern portion of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight from late May to early July

Larval Hostplant(s): Various legumes but mainly bushclovers (Lespedeza) and tickclovers (Desmodium)

Habitat: Open prairies with hosplants

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Indian Cave State Park, Fontenelle Forest, Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Scotia Chalk Mine, Nebraska National Forest-Halsey, Table Rock SWMA, Ponca State Park, Harry Strunk Lake

Overwintering: In leaf shelters as full grown larvae

Similar Species: Southern Cloudywing, Erynnis species


Northern Cloudywing, Brown County, Photo by Jen Corman
Northern Cloudywing – dorsal
Northern Cloudywing – side view

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