Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Tailed Aguna
Aguna metophis (Latreille, [1824])

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Wings are brown; hindwings are tailed. Wing bases are blue-green on the upperside. Underside of hindwing has a narrow white median band which is blurred along its outer edge.
Wing Span: 1 7/16 - 1 7/8 inches (3.7 - 4.8 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: August-November in South Texas, all year in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: In Mexico, Bauhinia mexicana in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical thorn scrub.
Range: Southern Brazil north through Central America to Mexico. Regularly 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.
Comments: NULL
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