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Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

The Common Sootywing butterfly is shiny black with speckled white spots on the wings. The females commonly have more spots than the males. The Common Sootywing is the darkest of the sootywing butterflies. The males can be seen in a zig-zag flight as they patrol for females in the morning and early afternoon. This is a lovely little butterfly to see flying around disturbed areas and roadsides.

Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Subfamily: Spread-wing Skipper (Pyrginae)

Average Wingspan: 7/8" - 1 1/4"

Habitat: gardens, fields, pastures, road edges

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Common Sootywing Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
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