The Lace-Winged Roadside-Skipper butterfly has a distinctive appearance that makes it difficult to confuse with any other skipper. The underside of the hindwing is dark brown with contrasting white veins which are criss-crossed by white bands to form a complex, lace-like pattern. The underside of the forewing has a white band that also contributes to this pattern.  The upperside of the hindwing is brown while the forewing has an arc of white spots forming a curved white band near the central portion of the wing. The fringes of the outer wing margins are checkered with dark brown and white squares.


Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper” by Pondhawk, licensed under (CC BY 2.0)


Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/16 – 1 1/2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Moist, dense woods with cane growth


Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Giant Cane
  • Switch Cane

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Blackberry
    • White Clover
    • Sweet Pepperbush
    • Dogbane
    • Elephant’s Foot
    • Bee Balm
    • Dandelion
    • Ironweed
    • Purple Coneflower
    • Tall Bellflower