Common Roadside-Skipper

Amblyscirtes vialis

Despite its name, The Common Roadside-Skipper is not a common species in Wisconsin. Before I had ever seen this species, I had asked other butterfliers that had seen this species where I might expect to see it; they said along roadsides, which is, perhaps unsurprisingly, exactly where I found my first one.

Weekly sightings for Common Roadside-Skipper

Identifying characteristics

Above, this species is a dark skipper with 3-4 spots in a row on the forewing margin and a few other light markings. The fringe on both wing margins is conspicuously checkered. Below, it is dark with a lighter violet sheen, especially on the outer margin of the hindwing. The forewing has 3-4 light spots.

Similar species

The Dusted Skipper is somewhat similar, but it is a lighter brown with more white spots, especially on the hindwing below, and it has no obvious checkered fringe like the Common Roadside-Skipper. The Pepper and Salt Skipper does have checkered fringes, but is a lighter brown and has frosting over the entire hindwing below, and a white spot-band similar to the spot-band of the Cobweb Skipper, although it is somewhat obscure.

Habitat

Woodland edges, roadsides, and barren areas.

Flight

The Common Roadside-Skipper is double brooded and can be found from May until late August. In Butterflies through Binoculars: The East, Jeff Glassberg says the second brood is rare.

Abundance

An uncommon species but sometimes fairly common in a small area.

Recent Common Roadside-Skipper Sightings

Date County Reported by
Aug 14, 2019 Dunn Pam Campbell

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Common Roadside-Skipper
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Danbury Wildlife Area, Burnett Co., WI. May 28, 2007.

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Danbury Wildlife Area, Burnett Co., WI. May 28, 2007.

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Avoca Wildlife Area, Iowa Co., WI. August 7, 2008.

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Avoca Wildlife Area, Iowa Co., WI. August 24, 2008.

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Waumandee Creek Farm, Buffalo Co., WI. July 24, 2008.

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Trempealeau NWR, Trempealeau Co., WI, July 11, 2005.