Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Erichson's White-Skipper
Heliopyrgus domicella (Erichson, [1849])

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Fringes are checkered. Upperside is slate gray with a wide white band on each wing; many small white spots on outer third of wings. Underside is dull yellowish brown with whitish spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Not reported, but almost certainly plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) such as malva loca (Malvastrum).
Flight: April-December in South Texas, all year in the tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Scrub, thorn-scrub, weedy areas, and desert, usually near water.
Range: Northern Mexico south through Central America to Argentina. A regular stray north to southeastern California, southern Nevada, central Arizona, and central 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.
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