Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Coyote Cloudywing
Achalarus toxeus (Plötz, 1882)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Forewings are pointed. Upperside is dark brown with darker rectangular spots. Hindwing usually has white fringe.
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 1 15/16 inches (4.2 - 5 cm).
Life History: Females lay eggs singly on leaves near the trunk of the host tree. Caterpillars eat young leaves.
Flight: Three broods from February-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Texas ebony (Pithecellobium flexicaule) in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Edges of river woods, city flower gardens.
Range: Panama north through Central America and Mexico to central Texas. Strays north to southern Arizona.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL