Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Moon-marked Skipper
Atrytonopsis lunus (W.H. Edwards, 1884)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is brown with large clear spots on the forewing. Fringes on forewing are brown, those on hindwing are whitish on the upper outer margin and brown lower down. Underside of hindwing is brown with blue-gray frosting on the outer third and a dark narrow band containing 2-3 small pale spots.
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 2 inches (4.2 - 5.1 cm).
Life History: Males perch in canyons to wait for receptive females.
Flight: One brood from June-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: At least muhly (Muhlenbergia) in the grass family (Poaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar from a variety of flowers including thistles (Cirsium) and Agave.
Habitat: Moderate elevations in the mountains, thorny desert grassland, and open woodland.
Range: Local and uncommon in southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and northern Mexico.
Conservation: Populations should be conserved wherever found.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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