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Nysa Roadside Skipper (Amblyscirtes nysa)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Nysa Roadside Skipper.

 Updated: 11/1/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




True to their name, Nysa Roadside Skippers are commonly seen fluttering along highways and thoroughfares early in the day.



Nysa Roadside Skippers are part of a genus of small butterflies with similar colors and markings. They are active in the cool mornings and can be found resting on the ground, grass blades or plants, taking in the sun before the heat of the day ramps up. Common in the middle southern part of the U.S. and northern Mexico, this species is comfortable in arid environments.

Like other skippers, it holds its forewings up (vertically) and its hindwings out (horizontally), creating a unique profile. The interior part of the forewings has a small cluster of white spots that almost merge into a line, and a single white dot beneath. The underside of the hingwings has a mottled coloring of dark brown, white and tan that is unique to its species.

Caterpillars feed on blades of various grasses that grow in their region. Two to three broods can be produced each year. As adults, the butterfly drinks nectar from flowers. They are active from spring through autumn. Look for them along the ground or at knee height in flower gardens, on lawns, in dry creek beds and around desert grasslands.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Hesperiidae
          Genus: Amblyscirtes
            Species: nysa
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Amblyscirtes nysa
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 19mm to 30mm (0.74in to 1.17in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, white
Descriptors: spots, flying, small, dark
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
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Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
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Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
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Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
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Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.