Dreamy Duskywing Erynnis icelus

Another Duskywing. (I never tire of typing that.) This is the fabulous Dreamy. One of the two "eyeless" species in Arkansas (thus the names). Note the absence of white spots anywhere out there. Easily confused with the Sleepy. These guys are smaller and note the longer palps (those facial protuberances). Bob states these were never far from their food tree, the Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, in the Ozarks. Also uses Populus species. The Sleepy uses only oaks. One brood only in spring to early summer.

The side view of a spring Dreamy. They often appear after the Sleepy Duskywings have just about vanished in spring. The black double line beyond the silver gray spot is generally narrower in the Dreamy. Note the jet black wing bases exteriorly. Both shots are likely males.