Funereal Duskywing Butterfly

The Funereal Duskywing butterfly (Erynnis funeralis) ranges from Texas and the Southwest and into Argentina. It can also be found to the north in the U.S. Great Plains and along the Mississippi Valley.

At first glance, this quick-flying, darting butterfly appears to be a moth. However, it is a member of the skipper family of butterflies.

It features black wings and white hindwing fringes. Its forewing is narrow and pointed, and the hindwing is somewhat triangular. Funereal Duskywings are similar to Horace's Duskywing butterflies but they have longer, narrower forewings and fewer, smaller spots and fainter mottling on their wings. It is named after its dark, somber coloration patterns.

Size: 1.25" - 1.75"

Host plants: indigo, vetch, rattlebush, alfalfa, legumes

Funereal Duskywing Butterfly
Funereal Duskywing Butterfly
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