Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Southern Skipperling
Copaeodes minima (W.H. Edwards, 1870)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: The smallest North American skipper. Wings are pale orange both above and below. Upperside of male forewing has a narrow, short black stigma; female forewing may have narrow black edging. Underside of the hindwing has a white stripe running from the base to the outer margin.
Wing Span: 5/8 - 7/8 inches (1.6 - 2.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Two broods from March-October in Louisiana; all year in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers such as fine-leaved sneezeweed (Helenium tenuifolium).
Habitat: Grassy places, open fields, flats.
Range: Arkansas east to North Carolina; south through Florida, the Gulf states, Texas, and Mexico to Panama.
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.
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