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Southern Cloudywing


Butterfly with elongated hindwing. Upperside is dark brown; forewing has a wide band composed of aligned transparent spots. Male lacks a costal fold. Wing Span: 1 5/16 - 1 7/8 inches (3.3 - 5 cm).


Open, scrubby places including dry meadows, burned areas, dry prairie hills, powerline right-of-ways, and others. Range is most of the eastern United States from southern Maine west across the Great Lake States to Minnesota, Nebraska, southeastern Colorado, and northern New Mexico; south to central Florida, the Gulf Coast, and Texas. This one was photographed in a butterfly garden at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.


Caterpillar Hosts include various plants in the pea family (Fabaceae) including beggar's ticks (Desmodium), bush clover (Lespedeza), clover (Trifolium), milkvetch (Astragalus), fuzzybean (Strophostyles), and wild bean (Glycine). Adult Food is usually nectar from blue, purple, pink, or white flowers including dogbane, selfheal, crown vetch, Japanese honeysuckle, thistles, common milkweed, and others. This one is feeding on butterfly weed.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jun 10, 2011
Submitted on Mar 29, 2013

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