Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Celia's Roadside-Skipper
Amblyscirtes celia Skinner, 1895

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown; forewing has a light spot at the end of the cell. Underside of hindwing is gray with 2 rows of distinct white spots.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/16 inches (2.2 - 2.7 cm).
Life History: Males perch to watch for receptive females. Caterpillars eat leaves and make shelters of rolled or tied leaves, and fourth-stage caterpillars hibernate. Pupation occurs within leaf nests in soil debris.
Flight: Several broods; from May-September in central Texas, throughout the year in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Paspalum grass.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Woodland openings.
Range: Texas south to northeast Mexico. Strays to southwest Louisiana.
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
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