|The Mournful Duskywing is a small
(1 1/8 - 1 3/4 inch wingspan) skipper. Skippers are distinguished from
true butterflies by their relatively large
compared to their angular wings. They get their name from their
characteristic rapid darting flight. Though duskywings are in general
rather difficult to distinguish from one another, the Mournful Duskywing
has an overall dark coloration a white band on the hind wing and a
mottled forewing with rows of darker wedge-shaped spots.
Mournful Duskywings get their
name from their dark and gloomy coloration.
The Mournful Duskywing is found throughout much of
Mexico and in the US in California, and southeastern Arizona to west
Texas. In Arizona they typically fly between February or March through
September. They mainly inhabit oak woodlands, oaks are also their major