The Zarucco Duskywing butterfly is primarily an inhabitant of the southeastern U. S., being found from North Carolina south to the Florida Keys, and west along the Gulf coastal states to eastern Texas and Oklahoma. Zarucco Duskywings are basically brown on both upper and lower-wing surfaces, with three to five small, glassy-whitish spots at the subapical region of the upper forewing. The white spots are located just to the outside edge of a distinctive light russet-red to beige patch found at the end of the forewing cell and in the postmedial position along the outer edge.


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Zarucco Duskywing Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Pyrginae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 5/8 – 1 7/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Wood edges, open fields, and scrub


Zarucco Duskywing Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Black Locust
  • Hairy Bush Clover
  • Sesbania Longifolia
  • Butterfly Pea
  • Spurred Butterfly Pea
  • Hairy Milk Pea
  • American Wisteria
  • White Wild Indigo

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Shepherd’s Needle
    • American Wisteria
    • White Wild Indigo
  • Various flowers in the Asteraceae Family