Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Double-dotted Skipper
Decinea percosius (Godman, 1900)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Wings are dark brown. Upperside of forewing has an angled transparent spot in the cell; hindwing has one small transparent spot in the middle of the wing. Underside of the hindwing is yellow-brown.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.2 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars feed on leaves at night, and rest in leaf shelters during the day.
Flight: March-November in South Texas and Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various grasses.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tropical forests and scrub, resacas, and flower gardens.
Range: Belize north to Mexico. Occasional colonist to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Populations in the lower Rio Grande Valley near Brownsville, Texas should be monitored and conserved.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Determine habitat needs and manage as necessary. Acquire or restore additional habitat.
Comments: NULL