The Funereal Duskywing butterfly ranges from Texas and the Southwest and into Argentina. It can also be found to the north in the U.S. Great Plains and along the Mississippi Valley. It features black wings and white hindwing fringes. Its forewing is narrow and pointed, and the hindwing is somewhat triangular. The Funereal Duskywings are similar to Horace’s Duskywing butterflies but they have longer, narrower forewings and fewer, smaller spots and fainter mottling on their wings. It is named after its dark, somber coloration patterns.


Funereal Duskywing” by Lisa Reid, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Funereal Duskywing Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pyrginae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 5/16 – 1 3/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Deserts, warm or arid lowlands, and roadsides


Funereal Duskywing Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Alfalfa
  • Bigpod Sesbania
  • Vetch
  • Bur Clover
  • Deerweed
  • Desert Ironwood

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Purpletop Vervain
    • Prickly Mallow
    • Bigpod Sesbania
  • Various flowers in the Asteraceae Family