Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Hammock Skipper
Polygonus leo (Gmelin, [1790])


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Hindwing is lobed. Upperside is black-brown with 3 square white spots. Underside of hindwing is brown with a blue sheen and a black spot near the base.
Wing Span: 1 11/16 - 2 5/16 inches (4.3 - 5.9 cm).
Life History: When inactive, adults rest upside down on the underside of leaves. They are most active on sunny days, but fly mostly in the shade.
Flight: Several flights from May-September in the Southwest, many flights all year in southern Florida. A rare stray from Mexico into South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: In Florida, Jamaican dogwood (Piscidia piscipula) and karum tree (Pongamia pinnata); other legumes elsewhere.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Openings and trails in hardwood hammocks in Florida, near small permanent streams in Arizona, subtropical woods in South Texas.
Range: Argentina north through Central America and Mexico to the West Indies and southern Florida. Strays to Texas and the Southwest.
Conservation: Hardwood hammocks in Florida should be conserved.
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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