Columbine Duskywing

Erynnis lucilius
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Erynnis lucilius, the columbine duskywing, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found in North America from southern Quebec to Manitoba and south to the northeastern United States. The wingspan is 21–29 mm. There are two generations in the east from early May to mid-June.

Columbine Duskywing

Erynnis lucilius
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Scientific classification

kingdom: Animalia
phylum: Arthropoda
class: Insecta
order: Lepidoptera
family: Hesperiidae
genus: Erynnis

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The larvae and mature caterpillars feed on leaves while adult butterflies consume flower nectar.


Larva eggs are attached on the underside of plant leaves. Once hatched, the larva consume the surrounding plant leaves and rest from time to time in the shade of plants. Larva continue to eat until they fully mature as caterpillars. At full maturity, caterpillars begin their hibernation to being their transformation into adult butterflies. Adult Duskywings pollinate plants as they consume nectar and seek out another butterfly to mate with. After mating, female Duskywings lay their newly born eggs on the underside of a plant leaf ready to hatch.


The Duskywing will appear in shades of brown. The underside of the hindwing has marginal spots. Males of the species have a costal fold containing yellow-colored "scent scales" to provide a sense of smell. Females of the species have their "scent scales" on the 7th abdominal segment.