Persius Dusky Wing Butterfly Erynnis persius   Save
Persius Dusky Wing Butterfly Erynnis persius
Description: The persius dusky wing butterfly is rarely found in Ohio and is an endangered species. It is a member of the Hesperiidae (or skipper) family and been found only in Lucas County. Usually, it is found during the months of May through June. The persius dusky wing prefers areas of oak forest that have been burned, leaving charred remains behind. Because of fire suppression in its natural habitat, it has been unable to survive and may well be extirpated (extinct in Ohio but surviving in other areas) soon. This species has a wingspan of 1.25 to 1.6 inches (3.2 to 4.1 cm). In Ohio there are more than 150 species of butterflies. Twenty-seven different species of butterflies representing five families can be found in the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook, including all seven species of butterflies that are listed as endangered in Ohio. Butterflies are a part of the order Lepidoptera (from the Greek words lepis, which means scale and pteron, which means wing). There are nearly 17,500 species of butterflies world-wide. Approximately 750 of these can be found in North America. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om1360_1156927_005
Subjects: Plants and Animals; Butterflies; Insects; Hesperiidae; Endangered species
Places: Lucas County (Ohio)