Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Common Mellana
Quasimellana eulogius (Plötz, 1882)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Male forewing has a brown-black border and a dark brown streak from the cell to the border; no stigma. Underside is tan-orange with a faint pale band of spots. Female: Upperside is dark brown with clear spots on forewing and no spots on the hindwing.
Wing Span: 1 1/16 - 1 1/4 inches (2.7 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: April-November in South Texas; all year in Mexico and Central America.
Caterpillar Hosts: Not reported.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Openings in subtropical thorn forest.
Range: Paraguay north through Central America to northern Mexico. A periodic stray to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not required for a periodic 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.
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