© 2018-19 by Neil Henning Björklund

Box Canyon Meadows, Lane Co, July 9

Dreamy

Duskywing

Erynnis icelus

Size: Up to 1.5 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Small for a Duskywing. Males have hump at leading edge of FW.  Above, FW gray-brown with frosted band and spots, no hyaline (translucent) spots near FW tip as on other Duskywings. HW plainer gray-brown with vague light spots.  Below brown with light spots and pale gray patch near FW tip.

Similar species: Other duskywings are larger, and have translucent hyaline spots on FW.

Host plant: Willows and aspens.

Habitat: Open meadows and road cuts, up to mid-elevations. 

Range:  Siskiyou Mtns, Cascade Range, Blue Mtns, Wallowa Mtns, northern Coast Range.

Season: Early April to late July

Abundance: Uncommon 

 

Conservation Status: Secure