The Hayhurst’s Scallopwing butterfly is a small, dark-brown skipper, with two darker bands through each wing above, a characteristic that is easier to see in more worn individuals that have a lighter brown wing color. It also has a checkered fringe with scalloped wing margins. There are a few white, hyaline (transparent) spots, and a variable amount of small white flecks throughout.


Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, by Jim Arterburn, licensed under (CC  BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Hayhurst’s Scallopwing Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pyrginae

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

Butterfly Habitat: Roads, trails, and openings in woods; vacant weedy lots, and suburban gardens


Hayhurst’s Scallopwing Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Lambs Quarters
  • Chaff Flower

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Marigold
    • Knotweed
    • Spearmint
    • Wild Marjoram
    • Cucumber
    • Dogbane
    • White Sweet Clover
    • White Clover