Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1284231

Mangrove Skipper
Phocides pigmalion

Observation date: January 19, 2021
Submitted by: tirvine2020
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Two were found on Rhizophora mangle. Each were different instars, one with the orange eyespots and the one above with, but they resided under a flap of leaf similarly. Each had cut slits in the leaf to allow a flap to fold over the undersides. On the underside of the leaf and not the flap, a thick layer of silk was spun and the flap was sealed with less than 10 strong strands of silk. When I opened the flaps to photograph each, they secreted a blot of ink that was initially an opaque dark blue-green that within a minute turned to the brownish-red in the photos.
Status: Resident
Verified by: curtis.lehman
Verified date: January 20, 2021
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Florida, Manatee County