Species Page: Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)

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.

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

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

Overwintering: In leaf shelters as full grown larvae.

Habitat: Open prairies with hostplants.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 7/8 inches

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

Similar Species: Southern Cloudywing, Erynnis species