Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Violet-patched Skipper
Monca crispinus (Plötz, 1882)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown. Underside of forewing is reddish with a gray patch at the tip and a white spot on the leading edge. Underside of hindwing has 2 gray bands.
Wing Span: 3/4 - 7/8 inches (1.9 - 2.2 cm).
Life History: Adults fly swiftly, most often at dawn and dusk. 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 webbed leaves.
Flight: Several broods throughout the year in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Paspalum grass.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Shady, grassy areas in thorn scrub.
Range: Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas south through Mexico and Central America to Colombia.
Conservation: Not required for a periodic stray and colonist.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL