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  • Columbine Duskywing - (Erynnis lucilius)

    Columbine Duskywing - (Erynnis lucilius)

    The delicate, colorful columbine flower is a favorite food and hangout for northern Columbine Duskywing adults and caterpillars.

    Picture of Columbine Duskywing
    Staff Writer (8/25/2017): Columbine Duskywings are found from the central to the eastern border between Canada and the U.S.. They are dark brown with four small white spots near the edge of the forewings and two more closer to the midline. They are similar in appearance to Wild Indigo Duskywings, whom share southern parts of their range.

    Females lay a round fertilized egg on the host plant leaf. Caterpillars have black heads and green fleshy bodies covered in a veil of yellow dots giving them an overall yellow appearance. Two or three broods can be produced each year. Larvae eat the leaves of wild columbine flowers. Adults drink flower nectar. Look for active adults in spring through fall in meadows, ravines, roadsides and rocky areas where columbines grow.

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    Columbine Duskywing

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Columbine Duskywing
    Scientific Name: Erynnis lucilius

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Hesperiidae
           Genus: Erynnis
            Species: lucilius

    Size (Adult, Length): 32mm to 42mm (1.26in to 1.65in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, white

    Additional Descriptors: mottled, line, patch, dots, spots, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Delaware; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Michigan; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Saskatchewan; Quebec

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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