Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Julia's Skipper
Nastra julia (H.A. Freeman, 1945)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown; forewing has 2-5 pale spots; hindwing is unmarked. Underside of hindwing is yellow-brown and veins are the same color, not paler.
Wing Span: 15/16 - 1 1/8 inches (2.4 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: To await females, males perch all day in grassy swales.
Flight: Throughout the year in South Texas, April-October elsewhere.
Caterpillar Hosts: Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Stream banks, grassy ditches, moist grassy places, fields, open areas in scrub woodlands, lawns, flower gardens.
Range: South Texas south to central Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
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
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