Dreamy Dusky Wing (Erynnis icelus)
Like other dusky wings this species is often associated with oak forests and forest openings. The specimen illustrated here was visiting an Ox-Eye (Heliopsis helianthoides) in a pasture along a forest edge. This species can be distinguished from the similar Sleepy Dusky Wing by the relatively long, terminal segment on the palps (mouth parts) that can be seen extending from the head. It also has a bright gray patch along the margin of the forewing. This species is most common in April and May tapering off in June and July.