Attributes of Calpodes ethlius

Brazilian Skipper
Calpodes ethlius (Stoll, 1782)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Robust. Forewing is long and pointed, hindwing is lobed. Upperside is brown-black with large translucent spots on both forewing and hindwing. Underside is red-brown; hindwing has 3 or 4 cream spots.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 2 3/8 inches (4.5 - 6.1 cm).
Life History: Adults have a very fast flight and are strong migrants. Females lay eggs on the upperside of leaves high up on the host plant. Caterpillars usually spend the day in shelters of rolled leaves and emerge after dark to eat leaves.
Flight: Late summer in the north; several broods from April-December in South Texas; two broods from July-November in Arizona; throughout the year in Florida and the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various cultivated plants in the canna family (Marantaceae).
Adult Food: Lantana in Arizona. In Costa Rica, nectar from large white or pale yellow flowers of woody lianas, trees, and shrubs.
Habitat: Gardens and residential areas.
Range: South Florida and South Texas south through the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America to Argentina. Periodically strays and colonizes north to southern Nevada, north Texas, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
July 14, 2014 Sasha H. Fort Bend County, Texas, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 29, 2014 Details
June 14, 2014 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States July 21, 2014 Details
May 06, 2014 cfhayes Liberty County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2014 Details
May 15, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 23, 2014 Details
May 11, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States May 11, 2014 Details
August 30, 2012 Pierre Howard Camden County, Georgia, United States February 13, 2014 Details
September 22, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States November 25, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States November 25, 2013 Details
November 01, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States November 20, 2013 Details
December 01, 2001 Brian Taber Northampton County, Virginia, United States November 14, 2013 Details
October 19, 2013 bluebird264 Collier County, Florida, United States October 22, 2013 Details
July 18, 2004 dondubois Texas, Montgomery County, United States July 17, 2013 Details
May 05, 2012 H. Wedgeworth Texas, Montgomery County, United States July 14, 2013 Details
November 11, 2012 jcampbell Bexar County, Texas, United States June 04, 2013 Details
December 01, 2012 jcampbell Bexar County, Texas, United States June 04, 2013 Details
July 17, 2012 bbrumley Texas, Travis County, United States April 08, 2013 Details
October 31, 2012 Jeff Trahan Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States November 15, 2012 Details
September 04, 2012 sweetz1997 Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States October 10, 2012 Details
October 07, 2012 Carla Finley Sarasota County, Florida, United States October 10, 2012 Details
August 13, 2012 Harry Forbes Jackson County, Texas, United States September 11, 2012 Details
July 30, 2012 Jeff Trahan Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States August 12, 2012 Details
May 30, 2012 jwunder3 Orange County, Florida, United States June 15, 2012 Details
September 30, 2009 JillS Hillsborough County, Florida, United States January 16, 2012 Details
September 07, 2003 legacy.reporter (Ron Cloutier + Sue Cloutier) Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
November 09, 2008 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States November 17, 2011 Details
October 23, 2011 curtis.lehman Alachua County, Florida, United States November 12, 2011 Details
April 18, 2011 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States May 03, 2011 Details
February 19, 2011 cpcdolan Hidalgo County, Texas, United States February 24, 2011 Details
February 19, 2011 cpcdolan Hidalgo County, Texas, United States February 24, 2011 Details
October 17, 2006 stevecary (Bob Barber) Otero County, New Mexico, United States February 05, 2011 Details
July 30, 2010 fitzclarke@bellsouth.net Chatham County, Georgia, United States January 21, 2011 Details
October 01, 2010 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Bibb County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2010 Details
July 12, 2009 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Crosby County, Texas, United States January 06, 2010 Details
October 02, 2009 legacy.reporter (Ken C. Williams) Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States December 17, 2009 Details
November 11, 1942 legacy.reporter (unknown) Riverside County, California, United States December 08, 2009 Details
September 01, 2009 legacy.reporter (Arlene Ripley) Cochise County, Arizona, United States October 19, 2009 Details
September 10, 2009 John Saba (John Saba) Pima County, Arizona, United States October 19, 2009 Details
September 06, 2003 legacy.reporter (Lisa Keppner) Bay County, Florida, United States October 13, 2009 Details
June 13, 2009 legacy.reporter (Rachel Cass) Georgia, United States, Wayne County September 24, 2009 Details
August 19, 2009 legacy.reporter (Robert Behrstock) Cochise County, Arizona, United States September 24, 2009 Details
July 17, 2004 legacy.reporter (Julius Basham) Polk County, Tennessee, United States April 22, 2009 Details
September 01, 2004 legacy.reporter (Arnold, Don C.) Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
September 01, 2000 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Jefferson County, Alabama, United States October 20, 2008 Details
August 13, 2005 Jeff Trahan (Jeff Trahan) Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States October 03, 2008 Details
August 26, 2005 legacy.reporter (Nathan Dias) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2008 Details
September 06, 1998 legacy.reporter (Brian G. Scholtens) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2008 Details
September 02, 2005 Lois Stacey (Lois Stacey) Aiken County, South Carolina, United States April 22, 2008 Details
October 15, 2007 legacy.reporter (Justin & Valerie Valleau) Texas, Smith County, United States January 08, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Derek Muschalek) DeWitt County, Texas, United States December 28, 2007 Details