Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Redundant Skipper
Corticea corticea (Plötz, 1882)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is brown with a pale orangish band on the forewing. Underside of the hindwing is orange-brown with no dark striations. Fringes are yellow.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 inch (2.2 - 2.5 cm).
Life History: Adults fly swiftly, most often in the afternoon. Adults rest with their wings closed, but bask with hindwings open wide and forewings open to about 45 degrees. Males perch to find receptive females. Caterpillars live in shelters of silked leaves.
Flight: September-December in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported; probably grasses, rushes, or sedges.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical.
Range: Southern Brazil north through Central America to Mexico. A rare stray north to South Texas.
Conservation: Not required 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.
Comments: NULL