Dusted Skipper

Atrytonopsis hianna

The Dusted Skipper is not a very common species in Wisconsin. In fact, in the 1970 Butterflies of Wisconsin, Ebner did not include this species. It has now only been reported from 11 counties, mostly in the western half of the state. This skipper is often seen in the same areas as the Cobweb Skipper.

Weekly sightings for Dusted Skipper

Identifying characteristics

Above, this skipper is dark brown, with three spots near the apex of the forewing and a couple of other white spots in the middle of the forewing. These spots are usually larger in the female. Below, it is a dark brown skipper with frosting on the edges of both wings. There are often, but not always, several scattered white spots on the hindwing.

Similar species

From below, this species is somewhat similar to the Common Roadside-Skipper, which is also a dark skipper with frosting on trailing edges of the wings, but the Dusted Skipper often has several white spots and a white “eyebrow” above the eye which is distinctive. Above, both the male and the female could be mistaken for a Cobweb Skipper, but the Cobweb Skipper usually has some yellowish areas, while the Dusted Skipper is always dark.

Habitat

Mainly barren areas, but also dry prairies.

Flight

One generation from the middle of May through the middle of June.

Abundance

Not common, but where it is found, twenty or more may be seen in a single day.

Early Dusted Skipper Sightings

Date County Reported by
May 8, 2012 Crawford Armund Bartz
May 8, 2012 Vernon Armund Bartz
May 10, 2012 Jackson Ann Thering
May 12, 2007 Jackson Jeff Belth
May 12, 2012 Burnett Dean Hansen

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Dusted Skipper
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West of Wazee Park, Jackson Co., WI, May 29, 2005.

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West of Wazee Park, Jackson Co., WI, May 29, 2005.

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West of Wazee Park, Jackson Co., WI, May 29, 2005.

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West of Wazee Park, Jackson Co., WI, May 29, 2005.

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Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek, Eau Claire, Co., WI, June 14, 2003.