Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Yellow-tipped Flasher
Astraptes anaphus (Cramer, 1777)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Tailless. Upperside of wings is dark brown with faint black bands. Lower tip of hindwing has wide yellow edging above and below.
Wing Span: 2 - 2 1/2 inches (5.1 - 6.4 cm).
Life History: When inactive, adults rest on the upperside (and ocassionally underside) of broad leaves. Caterpillars feed gregariously but each makes a separate leaf shelter.
Flight: April-May and September-November in South Texas; many flights beginning in March in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Vines in the pea family (Fabaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar, bird droppings, or dung.
Habitat: Lowland tropical forest or scrub.
Range: Argentina north through Central America to the West Indies and Mexico. 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.
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