Butterflies of Southern Arizona
Skipper (Hesperiidae) Family.
Identification: Both upper- and lowerside are orange. Upperside of male forewing has a narrow black stigma below the cell; female may have narrow black edging on the forewing. Wing Span: 3/4 - 1 1/8 inches (1.9 - 2.9 cm). Life History: Adults have a very rapid flight. To warm themselves, adults bask in the early morning, and males perch in gulches during the day to find receptive females. Flight: Many broods from February-November in Texas; March-December in southern California; April-October in the north. Caterpillar Hosts: Various grasses (Poaceae) including Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), and green spangletop (Leptochloa dubia). Adult Food: Nectar from a variety of flowers. Habitat: Grasslands, grassy streamsides, fields, washes. Range: Southern California, southern Arizona, southern New Mexico, and west Texas south through Central America to Panama. Strays to eastern Texas, central Arkansas, central Kansas, and Colorado.
Santa Catalina Mountains
Location: On Camphorweed in riparian area above dam
Note: antennae are not transversely banded unlike Tropical Least Skipper (agreed by Fred Heath)
Notes: IDd with Fred Heath, Mary Klinkel, Marty Horowitz
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