Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Manuel's Skipper
Polygonus savigny (Latreille, [1824])

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Wings are dark brown. Upperside of forewing has a blue sheen at the base and reflective white spots. Underside of hindwing has reddish-brown areas.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inches (3.8 - 4.5 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: August-September in South Texas, January-October in tropics.
Caterpillar Hosts: Shrub legume Muellera moniliformis.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Tidal scrub.
Range: Argentina north through central America to Mexico and the West Indies. Rare stray to South Texas.
Conservation: Not necessary for rare stray.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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