Thorybes pylades

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Northern cloudywing
Scientific classification
T. pylades
Binomial name
Thorybes pylades
Scudder (1870)

Thorybes pylades, the northern cloudywing, is a butterfly species of the family Hesperiidae. [1]

Butterfly A group of insects in the order Lepidoptera

Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, which contains at least one former group, the skippers, and the most recent analyses suggest it also contains the moth-butterflies. Butterfly fossils date to the Paleocene, which was about 56 million years ago.



The wingspan of T. pylades is between 32 and 47 mm. Both males and females have completely dark brown wings except for the small triangular clear spots.


The northern cloudywing is seen from Nova Scotia west across Canada, south into California and across the rest of the United States. Its habitat consist of open boreal woodlands, forest edges, and open fields.

Nova Scotia Province of Canada

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California U.S. state in the United States

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Life cycle

Adults lay eggs singly under the leaves of their host plants. The caterpillars then will eat till they are ready to pupate at which point they will roll themselves into the host plants' leaves. They fly between May and July where there is only one brood, but in the south they fly from March and September where there are two broods.

Larval food

Nectaring flowers

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  1. "Species Thorybes pylades - Northern Cloudywing". 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-11.