Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Many-spotted Skipperling
Piruna aea (Dyar, 1912)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Heteropterinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown; forewing with small white marginal spots; hindwing with 2-3 white median spots. Underside is reddish brown; hindwing has marginal and submarginal white spots.
Wing Span: Not reported.
Life History: Adults rest with their wings closed, but bask with hindwings open wide and forewings open to about 45 degrees. Males patrol to find receptive females. Caterpillars live and feed within nests of webbed leaves. Fully-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One brood from August-September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported; probably grasses, sedges, or rushes.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Desert grasslands and open woodlands.
Range: Nogales, Arizona south through Mexico to Guatemala.
Conservation: United States populations should be located and their consevation needs assessed.
Management Needs: None reported.
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