Horace's Duskywing on purple Porterweed
Lovely, isn't it? I love the composition this tiny butterfly creates across the stem of lovely lavender Porterweed. The fuzzy wings are a textural delight accented by the ivory eye-like patterns.
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.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL