Funereal Duskywing

Erynnis funeralis

During an NABA count in 2002, David Hanson, Gary Krogman, Scott Mehus, and I saw a Duskywing as we were heading back to our cars. Dave Hanson, who was familiar with this species from Texas, identified it and we took many photos. This was the first record of a Funereal Duskywing from Wisconsin, and it was the farthest north this species had been seen except for one sighting in Northern Michigan. In 2007, I was amazed to see another individual of this species in Madison.

Weekly sightings for Funereal Duskywing

Identifying characteristics

The only Duskywing that has been found in Wisconsin with a white fringe on its hindwing.

Similar species

None in Wisconsin.

Habitat

Found in a variety of open habitats. This species migrates north regularly each year, but rarely makes it as far north as Wisconsin.

Flight

Multiple broods.

Abundance

A very rare stray to Wisconsin.

Late Funereal Duskywing Sightings

Date County Reported by
Sep 16, 2015 Crawford Marcie O'Connor
Sep 20, 2015 Waukesha Jim Ebner
Sep 27, 2015 Columbia Jeff Gruber
Oct 14, 2019 Dane Edgar Spalding
Oct 30, 2010 Dane Stan Rehm

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Funereal Duskywing
Map key
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Allen Centennial Garden, Madison, Dane Co., WI. August 13, 2007.

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Allen Centennial Garden, Madison, Dane Co., WI. August 13, 2007.

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Allen Centennial Garden, Madison, Dane Co., WI. August 13, 2007.

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Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, Trempealeau Co., WI, July 11, 2002.