Attributes of Polites vibex

Whirlabout
Polites vibex (Geyer, 1832)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Males and females are very different. Male Upperside is yellow-orange; forewing has a black stigma and neighboring black square patch; black margins of hindwing are smooth inwardly. Underside is yellow-orange; hindwing has a few large blurred black spots. Female: Upperside is dark brown; forewing has a few clear spots. Underside is gray or sooty yellow with a central pale patch outlined with dark scales.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 3.9 cm).
Life History: Adult flight is quick and darting. Females are usually found in forest openings or edges; males perch to await females during the afternoon. Caterpillars live in a tube of silked-together leaves and feed mostly at night.
Flight: Two broods from April-September in the north; all year in Florida and South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grasses including Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), and thin paspalum (Paspalum setaceum).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including shepherd\'s needle and lantana.
Habitat: Scrubby or open habitats including dunes, fields, pinewoods, roadsides, forest openings, yards, and parks.
Range: Southeastern United States and the West Indies south through eastern Mexico and central America to Argentina. Periodically strays north to northeast Iowa, northern Ohio, and Connecticut.
Conservation: Not 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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March 20, 2017 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 22, 2017 Details
March 20, 2017 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 22, 2017 Details
March 21, 2017 AJVanh.arch Martin County, Florida, United States March 22, 2017 Details
September 07, 2015 John B Cole Conecuh County, Alabama, United States October 27, 2016 Details
October 22, 2016 hunter58 Hernando County, Florida, United States October 22, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 rseidler Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States October 16, 2016 Details
July 18, 2016 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States July 19, 2016 Details
June 20, 2016 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Jeff Trahan Jackson Parish, Louisiana, United States July 09, 2016 Details
June 21, 2016 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States June 25, 2016 Details
July 03, 2014 sunfire50 Orange County, Florida, United States June 18, 2016 Details
April 05, 2016 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
May 24, 2016 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States May 26, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 ncrosbyrd Liberty County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 ncrosbyrd Liberty County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 07, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 07, 2016 Details
April 09, 2016 Robert Epstein Levy County, Florida, United States April 14, 2016 Details
April 12, 2016 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States April 14, 2016 Details
April 12, 2016 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States April 14, 2016 Details
March 23, 2016 ncrosbyrd Glynn County, Georgia, United States March 29, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 Sue Allie Lake County, Florida, United States March 19, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 18, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 18, 2016 Details
May 27, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 01, 2016 Details
November 05, 2015 JeanEvoy Hardee County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
March 28, 2014 Don Chalfant Volusia County, Florida, United States October 09, 2015 Details
March 08, 2015 Don Chalfant Brevard County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Robert Epstein Manatee County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Robert Epstein Manatee County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
March 08, 2015 Don Chalfant Volusia County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Carolyn Seaton Lancaster County, South Carolina, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 PopularOutcast Alachua County, Florida, United States June 09, 2015 Details
April 16, 2015 bentert Sarasota County, Florida, United States May 18, 2015 Details
April 12, 2015 cyric Martin County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 06, 2015 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 29, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 08, 2015 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 06, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 15, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 17, 2015 Details
March 11, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
April 09, 2014 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 01, 2015 Details
November 10, 2014 Nancee Cobb Harris County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 TheWayfarer21 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States September 26, 2014 Details
June 01, 2014 gldearman Jefferson County, Florida, United States August 13, 2014 Details