Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)

This duskywing can be tricky to identify. Note that the inner 2/3 of the wings usually are darker than the outer 1/3, especially when viewed from above. Also, it's a bit smaller than the usually more common Juvenal's, Horace's, and Zarucco Duskywings. Host plants in NC include species of Baptisia (hence the scientific name) and Crown-Vetch (Coronilla varia). The latter is an exotic invasive frequently planted along roadsides for erosion control and has undoubtedly led to the spread of this lep.


Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywings (Erynnis baptisiae)
Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
8 Aug 2009

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Duke Forest, Durham Co., NC
20 Aug 2006
same individual taking flight!

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Female
Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008

I watched this female Wild Indigo lay the egg in the photo below on Baptisia.

Wild Indigo Duskywing egg (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) egg
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008

Laid by the female in the photo above.


Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Wild Indigo Duskywings (Erynnis baptisiae)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
18 Aug 2013
Wild Indigo Duskywings (Erynnis baptisiae)
Durham Division Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
17 Aug 2014

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Beech Mtn., Watauga Co., NC
21 July2006
same individual

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Haywood Co., NC
13 May 2005
Durham Co., NC
1 May 2005

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Duke Gardens
Durham Co., NC
16 Aug 2003
Duke Gardens
Durham Co., NC
16 Aug 2003

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Haywood Co., NC
15 Apr 2006
Haywood Co., NC
15 Apr 2006

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Duke Gardens
Durham Co., NC
16 Aug 2003
Haywood Co., NC
13 May 2005

Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
Durham Co., NC
20 Aug 2005
Durham Co., NC
24 Jul 2005

Wild Indigo Duskywing egg (Erynnis baptisiae Wild Indigo Duskywing egg (Erynnis baptisiae
Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
St. Clair Co., MI
7 July 2012
Same individual as on left
St. Clair Co., MI
7 July 2012

Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)

Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) is one of the caterpillar host plants for Wild Indigo Duskywings.

Person Co., NC 6/13/2006

Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia)

Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia) is another caterpillar host plant for Wild Indigo Duskywings. The widespread planting of the plant for erosion control along roads has undoubtedly led to the increase of Wild Indigo Duskywings in both range and abundance.

Watauga Co., NC 7/21/2006

Wild Indigo Duskywing egg (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae) eggs
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008

Three Wild Indigo Duskywing eggs of different ages are visible in this photo on Baptisia.


Wild Indigo Duskywing egg (Erynnis baptisiae) Wild Indigo Duskywing egg (Erynnis baptisiae)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
10 Aug 2008


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