Attributes of Polythrix octomaculata

Eight-spotted Longtail
Polythrix octomaculata (Sepp, [1844])

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Females have long hindwing tails; males have shorter tails and no costal fold. Wings are brown; forewing with only 1 submarginal brown spot near the rear of the wing. Spot near the base of forewing underside is faint or absent; underside hindwing of female often has a smeared white patch.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 13/16 inches (3.5 - 4.6 cm).
Life History: Not reported. When inactive, adults perch under large leaves.
Flight: Many flights from March-November in Mexico; March and August-October in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Tree and shrub legumes and Pterocarpus.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Shady areas and streams in tropical forest or scrub.
Range: Argentina north through tropical America to Mexico and Haiti. Occasionally strays to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary for a rare stray.
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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November 08, 2013 John van Dort Olancho, Honduras November 10, 2013 Details
February 12, 2013 Doug Taron Jalisco, Mexico February 19, 2013 Details
September 29, 1990 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Pima County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
October 17, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
October 27, 2004 legacy.reporter (North American Butterfly Association (NABA) of South Texas)) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 29, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tamaulipas, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sinaloa, Mexico December 31, 2004 Details