Amblyscirtes aesculapius

Common name: Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper

Feeds on these plants:

Apocynum cannabinum

Beaucarnea recurvata

Buddleja alternifolia

Buddleja colvilei

Buddleja crispa

Buddleja davidii

Buddleja davidii ‘Harlequin’

Buddleja davidii ‘Pink Delight’

Buddleja davidii
(sold as dwarf)

Buddleja lindleyana

Buddleja marrubifolia

Buddleja saligna

Buddleja salviifolia

Buddleja weyeriana 'honeycomb'

Buddleja x pikei

Buddleja x weyeriana

Centaurea americana

Centaurea benedicta

Centaurea cyanus

Centaurea dealbata

Centaurea macrocephala

Centaurea montana

Centaurea nigra

Centaurea rothrockii

Centaurea solstitialis

Centaurea
(sold as Black Gem)

Clethra alnifolia

Iris afghanica

Iris bracteata

Iris chrysographes

Iris confusa

Iris domestica

Iris douglasiana

Iris douglasiana ‘Californian Hybrids’

Iris ensata ‘Variegata’

Iris foetidissima

Iris graminea

Iris innominata

Iris japonica ‘Variegata’

Iris laevigata

Iris longipetala

Iris pallida

Iris pallida ‘Aureo Variegata’

Iris pumila

Iris purdyi

Iris sibirica

Iris tenax

Iris versicolor

Iris x germanica

Melanthera nivea

Passiflora incarnata

Pentas species

Prunella grandiflora ‘Loveliness’

Prunella laciniata

Prunella vulgaris

Rubus vitifolius

Rudbeckia fulgida

Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Autumn Colors’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’

Rudbeckia hirta
(sold as Becky Series)

Rudbeckia hirta
(sold as Cordoba)

Rudbeckia laciniata

Rudbeckia maxima

Rudbeckia occidentalis

Trifolium repens

Trifolium repens
(sold as Atropurpureum)

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena hastata

Verbena hybrid
(sold as Quartz scarlet)

Verbena hybrid
(sold as Sparkler Purple & White)

Verbena hybrid
(sold as Sparkler Red & White)

Verbena hybrid
(sold as Sparkler Sky Blue & White)

Verbena hybrid
(sold as Tapien Pink)

Verbena lilacina

Verbena rigida 'polaris'

Verbena rigida polaris

Verbena rigida

Verbena stricta

Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’

Verbena
(sold as Aztec Cherry Red)

Verbena
(sold as Aztec Light Pink)

Verbena
(sold as Aztec Pearl)

Verbena
(sold as Aztec Raspberry)

Verbena
(sold as Aztec White Magic)

Verbena
(sold as Babylon Deep Pink)

Verbena
(sold as Sparkler Purple & White)

Verbena
(sold as Sparkler Sky Blue & White)

Verbena
(sold as Tukana White)

Verbena
(sold as x hybrida Taylortown Red)

Amblyscirtes aesculapius, Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper

This diminutive skipper is about 1-1 ½” wide when the wings are spread. It is called the lace-wing skipper because of the lacey brown-and-white pattern exposed when its wings are closed. The checkered pattern of the wing fringe hairs is also distinctive. When open the wing color is primarily brown with a few scattered white marks. The Creative Commons images shown here illustrate its lacy markings very well.

According to Wikipedia “It is found from eastern Oklahoma and eastern Texas, east to south-east Virginia, south along the Atlantic Coast to northern Florida.”

It will nectar on:
Apocynum cannabinum
Beaucarnea recurvata
Buddleja
Clethra alnifolia
Iris
Passiflora incarnata
Pentas
Prunella
Rubus
Rudbeckia
Trifolium repens
Verbena

The Passiflora shown here with the skipper is Passiflora incarnata - a vine native to same region as the skipper. Try this one first if you wish to attract the lace-wing. It may (or may not) feed on other Passiflora.

Buddleja & Clethra alnifoliais are native to the region where the lacy-wing resides.

There are numerous Rubus species that go by the common name "blackberry." Naturalized species have naturalized in every state in the continental United States. If you reside in range of the lacy-wing skipper, your naturalized blackberry will very likely appeal to this creature. The USDA has useful information about these plants.

Iris, Prunella, Rudbeckia, Trifolium repens, and Verbena are either native or naturalized in every state on the continent.

Pentas has naturalized in Florida and is grown as an annual elsewhere.

The Natural History Museum has specie-specific host plant data for other Amblyscirtes skippers. You might try these plants if you wish support this skipper.

Amblyscirtes aesculapius lace winged roadside skipper amblyscirtes aesculapius cc by lonnie huffman
Amblyscirtes aesculapius doyman lake  mississippi  charles t. and john r. bryson cc