1 1/8-1 3/4" (28-44 mm). Basically brown above and below with glassy dots on long, pointed FW; usually has conspicuous light brown patch (sometimes quite russet especially on female) near base and pale patch on outer costal edge. Male has costal fold on FW. HW large and squarish with brown fringes.
Wild Indigo Duskywing has pale patch on FW but much stubbier wings.
Egg changes from green to pinkish before hatching. Mature caterpillar light green with white specks, hairy; head has red, yellow, or orange pattern. Chrysalis dark green or brownish. Host plants
are legumes such as locusts (Robinia).
Several broods; all year in Florida.
Open areas, roadsides, fields, and hills.
Connecticut south to Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Largely a coastal butterfly, the Zarucco Duskywing is common along Florida roadsides, and a predictable visitor of flowers, especially Spanish needles.