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Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)

Description: Juvenal’s Duskywing is a large dark brown skipper with small white spots on the forewing and underside of hindwing and an overall mottled appearance. It is similar behavior and appearance to both Dreamy Duskywing and Northern Cloudywing. See description of the latter for distinguishing features. Wingspan: 30 to 37 mm.

Maritime Distribution: In New Brunswick it is known from a single specimen taken at Welsford. In Nova Scotia it is most commonly seen in the Halifax area but there are also records from, Queens, Lunenburg, Annapolis, Yarmouth, Colchester and Antigonish Counties. For Atlas results click here.

Provincial Ranks: NB: SU. NS: S3S4. PEI: -.

Flight Period: Early May to late June.

Host Plant: Oaks (Quercus spp.).

Notes: The Juvenal’s Duskywing is most often seen perched on open ground along trails or in clearings where the forest is dominated by Red Oak (Quercus rubra), especially young trees. It has a quick, bounding flight and can be difficult to approach. Although common in the Halifax, Bedford, Lower Sackville area, it is rare or absent in most parts of the Maritimes.