The Juvenal’s Duskywing butterfly is commonly found in eastern and southwestern states. The Juvenal Duskywing has white or brown-fringed wings. The male has dark brown forewings mottled with bands of black spots, chevrons, and small white spots. Its hindwings are a lighter brown with light brown spots. The female has lighter brown wings. Her markings are similar to the male’s markings, but they are larger. The underside of the hindwings of Juvenal’s duskywing has two pale spots.


Juvenal’s Duskywing” by Christina Butler, licensed under (CC BY 2.0)


Juvenal’s Duskywing Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pyrginae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 15/16 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Oak woods or scrub and associated edges or fields


Juvenal’s Duskywing Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Shrub Oak
  • White Oak
  • Black Oak
  • Northern Red Oak
  • Chestnut Oak
  • Post Oak
  • Blackjack Oak
  • Water Oak

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Winter Cress
    • Dandelion
    • Wild Plum
    • Wisteria
    • Blueberry
    • Carolina Vetch
    • Lilac
    • Fleabane
    • Eastern Redbud
    • Purple Phacelia
    • Grape Hyacinth