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black dash

Black dash

The Black Dash is mainly a skipper of wet grass and sedge meadows, often found alongside the Mulberry Wing skipper. This species is more abundant in larger marshes but can also be found along the smaller open areas along trout streams.

Germania Marsh, Marquette Co., WI, July 3,2000.
Chaffee Creek Area, Marquette Co., WI, July 16, 2005.

Chaffee Creek Area, Marquette Co., WI, July 16, 2005.
Weekly sightings for Black Dash
From above, the male and female both resemble the Dion Skipper on the forewing, but they differ from below. The female is also very similar to the Byssus Skipper and may be impossible to distinguish from only the upper forewing. Even the upper surface of the hindwing is very similar, with the upper hindwing mirroring the spot band from below. The spot band is very similar and differs mainly in that all the spots are of nearly the same size, while the spot band of the Black Dash has two spots that are noticeably longer. In addition, the habitat of the Black Dash is almost always limited to wetland areas, while the Byssus Skipper is usually found in Wisconsin in drier habitats.
Marshes, wet grassland and sedge meadows, and wet areas along roadsides and streams.
One brood from late June to early August.

At its peak I have easily seen over 50 individuals of this species at a number of sites.

Black Dash Euphyes conspicua The Black Dash is mainly a skipper of wet grass and sedge meadows, often found alongside the Mulberry Wing skipper. This species is more abundant in larger