The Sleepy Duskywing butterfly is found throughout North America. The Sleepy Duskywing flies in a rapid, bouncing flight near the ground. It often lands on the ground or on low vegetation with its wings spread in a horizontal position. Sleepy Duskywings are dark brown with a few black lines, grayish patches and cream-colored spots. This skipper, along with the Dreamy Duskywing, is distinct from most other duskywings in that it lacks the whitish, glassy spots near the sub-apical region of the forewing. It has a unique bluish-gray band that extends along the submarginal region of the outer margin of the forewing. The gray band is bordered on both sides by a row of black crescents. A marginal row of white spots is also seen in the forewing.


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Sleepy Duskywing Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pyrginae

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

Butterfly Habitat: Oak or oak-pine scrub, chaparral, barrens; on well-drained sandy or shaly soils


Sleepy Duskywing Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Scrub Oak
  • Black Oak
  • Bur Oak
  • American Chestnut

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Blueberry
    • Blackberry
    • Wild Azalea
    • Dandelion
    • Downy Phlox
    • Eastern Redbud
    • Hoary Puccoon