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Desert Cloudywing (Achalarus casica)

This little dark Cloudywing is a skipper at heart. It can be seen skipping from flower to flower in search of nectar. The males search for females among flowers and grasses while stopping occasionally to sip nutrients from mud puddles. These small dark skippers are fun to watch as they flitter through grasslands, wooded edges, and dried water streams.

Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Subfamily: Spread-wing Skipper (Pyrginae)

Average Wingspan: 1 1/2" - 2"

Habitat: Open woodlands, weedy areas, river banks and

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

Desert Cloudywing Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
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