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Close-up photo of adult Common Roadside Skipper

Mill Cr Rd, Lane Co, July 1


Amblyscirtes vialis

Size: Up to 1 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Tiny and difficult to see until perched. Above, dark brown with a few white spots at leading edge near wingtip, fringes often checked.  Below dark brownish gray, with gray frosted look in outer half of HW.

Similar species: Darker and more marked than Dun Skipper, and more triangular shape. Common Sootywing has more white spots above and white face.

Host plant: Many grass species.

Habitat: Roadsides, and other warm, sunny sites, often near water. 

Range:  Cascade Range, north Coast Range, Ochoco Mtns, Blue Mtns, Wallowa Mtns.

Season: Late April to late August

Abundance: Uncommon 


Conservation Status: Secure 

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