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Amblyscirtes reversa F. Jones, 1973

Reversed Roadside-Skipper

Federal Protection: No US federal protection

State Protection: No Georgia state protection

Global Rank: G3G4

State Rank: S2S3

SWAP High Priority Species (SGCN): Yes

Element Occurrences (EOs) in Georgia: 0

Habitat Summary for element in Georgia: Wet hardwoods, cane, hardwood slopes with cane


Description

Wing span is 2.9 - 3.5 cm.  Upperside is dark brown.  Underside is rusty brown with light spots.  Yellow wing veins.  Underside of hindwing has a indistinct yellow streak.

Similar Species

Roadside skippers.

Habitat

Fire dependent wetland wooded areas with cane.

Diet

 Switch cane (Arundinaria tecta) is the larval food.  Specific plants for nectar needs are not known.

Life History

Pale white eggs are laid singly on host cane.  Caterpillars roll leaves as protective shelters.  Two to three brood times when flight may be observed.

Survey Recommendations

Surveys in the field and in literature required to assess where historic and current populations may be located.  It is thought that the adults may be crepuscular.

Range

Populations are spotty from Virginia to Georgia.  

Threats

Wetland conversion and pesticide use.

Georgia Conservation Status

Species needs further assessment.

Conservation Management Recommendations

Maintaining native habitats.  Protecting and managing for switch cane.

References

“Reversed Roadside-Skipper Amblyscirtes Reversa W.M. Jones, 1926.” Reversed Roadside-Skipper Amblyscirtes Reversa W.M. Jones, 1926 | Butterflies and Moths of North America, 8 May 2010, www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Amblyscirtes-reversa.

USF Water Institute. “Alabama Butterfly Atlas.” Reversed Roadside-Skipper - Alabama Butterfly Atlas, alabama.butterflyatlas.usf.edu/species/details/5/reversed-roadside-skipper.

 

 

Authors of Account

Anna Yellin

Date Compiled or Updated

Photo by Vitaly Charny. Image may be subject to copyright.
Reversed Roadside Skipper. Photo by Will Stuart. Image subject to copyright.
Reversed Roadside Skipper. Photo by Will Stuart. Image subject to copyright.
Reversed Roadside Skipper. Photo by Will Stuart. Image subject to copyright.