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Horace’s Duskywing       Erynnis horatius

The Horace’s Duskywing is a drab brown butterfly with black markings and white spots on the forewings.  It has a fairly large range being found in the eastern and central parts of the United States. In Florida, it is found throughout the whole state in habitat such as sandhills, flatwoods, and shrubby disturbed sites.

This butterfly usually produces two or three generations a year, with adults being observed from February through October. The host plants for its larvae are shrubs and trees in the Oak family, including willow oak, scrub oak, water oak, and live oak.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.  The two left photos show a female on Tickseed and the upper right photo shows a female on a Rosy Camphorweed.