The Confused Cloudywing butterfly is confused with the Northern Cloudywing and the Southern Cloudywing. Therefore, it was given the name “Confused Cloudywing. It has brown wing colorations and the white spots of the Northern and Southern cloudywings. However, on the upperside of the forewing, the tiny white spot nearest the body is drawn out into a thin line. The face is pale and does not have any white on the antennae.


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Confused Cloudywing Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pyrginae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/2 – 1 7/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Near swamps and marshes and woods in river valleys


Confused Cloudywing Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Various plants in the Fabaceae family
    • Bush Clover
    • Tick Trefoil
    • Lespedeza

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Lantana
    • Zinnia
    • Red Clover