The Mottled Duskywing is a medium-sized butterfly in the skipper. This skipper is light brown above and fresh individuals have an iridescent lavender sheen, especially on the forewing. The open (dorsal) wing surfaces are strongly mottled with dark blotches. Glassy spots are present in outer the one-half of forewing. The wing fringes are brown.


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Mottled Duskywing Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pyrginae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 5/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Open woodland, barrens, prairie hills, open brushy fields, and chaparral


Mottled Duskywing Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • New Jersey Tea

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Hoary Vervain
    • Gromwell
    • Bush Houstonia
    • New Jersey Tea