Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Starred Skipper
Arteurotia tractipennis Butler & H. Druce, 1872

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside is gray-brown; forewing has a black subapical patch with 3 small white dots inside it. Underside is orange-brown; hindwing has irregular white median spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars feed on leaves and rest in shelters of rolled or tied leaves.
Flight: September in South Texas; May-June in Mexico and Central America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Croton in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical scrub and open weedy areas.
Range: Bolivia north through Central America to northern Mexico. Has strayed to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary for a rare stray.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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