Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Acacia Skipper
Cogia hippalus (W.H. Edwards, 1882)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Forewing fringes are checkered; hindwing fringes are white. Upperside is reddish brown; forewing has a band of conspicuous white spots. Underside of hindwing is brown with a lavender tinge and irregular gray bands.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 7/8 inches (3.5 - 4.8 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: April-August in Texas and Arizona; through October in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Canyons and washes in desert grassland and pinyon-juniper woodland.
Range: Brazil north through Central America to central Arizona, southwest New Mexico, and west Texas. A rare stray to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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