Arizona Powdered Skipper

Butterflies of Southern Arizona

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Arizona Powdered Skipper.
Systasea zampa.
Skipper (Hesperiidae) Family.

Identification: Outer margin of hindwing has 2 deep scallops. Upperside is orange-brown with darker olive-brown areas; forewing has a transparent median band that is broken below the cell. Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm). Life History: To await females, males perch all day in gulches. Flight: Several broods from April-October. Caterpillar Hosts: Possibly various plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae). Adult Food: Flower nectar. Habitat: Canyons, washes, and other openings in desert, thorn forest, and brushland. Range: Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas.

Santa Catalina Mountains
Sabino Canyon.
Location: On Willow Smartweed (Persicaria lapathifolia) in front of dam at left edge.

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