Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Hermit Skipper
Grais stigmaticus (Mabille, 1883)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Undersides of palpi are bright yellow-orange, underside of abdomen is buff yellow. Upper surface of wings is dark brown mottled with darker spots. Females have some tiny transparent spots at the forewing apex.
Wing Span: 1 13/16 - 2 1/8 inches (4.6 - 5.4 cm).
Life History: Adults rest under large leaves in the forest understory.
Flight: April and July-October in South Texas; March-December in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: Subtropical woods and edges; wooded canals.
Range: Argentina north through tropical America to Mexico. A periodic stray to South Texas, rarely north to Oklahoma and Kansas.
Conservation: Not necessary for a periodic 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
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