Horace's Duskywing is busy sipping nectar from this draping ruby pink Celosia
Notice... the long straw-like proboscis this Duskywing Skipper is using to extract nectar from this Celosia. The black and white patterns on the wings. And the furry wing edges next to its body.
Albert and I love taking pictures in this butterfly garden. Wide winding paths allow us to get in close to butterflies, eggs, cocoons and their host plants.
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Massachusetts, west to eastern South Dakota, south through most of the eastern United States to Florida, the Gulf Coast, and southern Texas, south in the west through south-eastern Utah, Colorado, north-eastern Arizona and New Mexico.
The wingspan is about 2 inches. There are two generations in the north, with adults on wing from April to September, there are three generations in the deep south and Texas, with adults on wing from January to November.
The larvae feed on young leaves of red and white oaks, including Quercus phellos, Quercus velutina, Quercus ilicifolia, Quercus nigra, Quercus stellata and Quercus virginiana. Adults feed on various flowers of up to about 4.5 feet tall, including dogbane, buttonbush, sneezeweed, goldenrod, peppermint, boneset and winter cress.
Horace's Duskywing, Celosia spicata, Celosia Pink Flamingo
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL