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Northern Broken-dash - Wallengrenia egeremet



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Class: Insecta
 Order: Lepidoptera
 Family: Hesperiidae
 Genus: Wallengrenia


Northern Broken Dash

The northern broken-dash has a wingspan of 1 to 1.5 inches. It is brown on its upperside and underside. The male has orange markings on its forewings near its stigma. The stigma is a section of scent cells located on the forewings of the males of some species of butterflies. The female has cream colored markings on her forewings.


In North America, the northern broken-dash is found from Ontario, Canada east to Quebec, Canada and south to Texas and Florida. The northern broken-dash is found in New Hampshire.


The northern broken-dash is found in fields, meadows, and other open areas near woods or scrubland.


The northern broken-dash caterpillar eats a variety of panic and switch grasses. The adult northern broken-dash eats nectar from pink, white, and purple flowers including dogbane, clover, and New Jersey tea.


Northern Broken DashIn the northern part of its range, the northern broken-dash has one brood a year, usually between June and August. In the southern part of its range, it may have two broods a year between May and September.


The Northern broken-dash is sometimes confused with the Dun skipper, and they are often found feeding together.