Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Python Skipper
Atrytonopsis python (W.H. Edwards, 1882)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Forewings are long and pointed; fringes checkered. Upperside is brown; forewing with yellowish translucent spots, hindwing with 1-4 tiny pale spots at the end of the cell. Underside of forewing is the same as the upperside; hindwing is mottled light and dark brown with small pale spots.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 5/8 inches (3.5 - 4.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: One flight from April-July in southern Arizona, perhaps several flights elsewhere.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grasses.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including yellow composites, Verbena, and Astragalus.
Habitat: Middle elevations in the mountains, open woodland.
Range: Southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, and west Texas.
Conservation: Populations and their habitats 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