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Brown-banded Skipper
Timochares ruptifasciata (Plötz, 1884)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Upperside of forewing is dark brown with irregular bands of darker spots; does not have transparent spots. Hindwing is orange-brown; upperside with 3 dark bands, underside with muted mottling.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 1 11/16 inches (3.8 - 4.3 cm).
Life History: Caterpillars feed on leaves and rest in shelters of rolled leaves.
Flight: Many broods from March-November in South Texas and Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Barbados cherry (Malpighia glabra).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Openings and edges in tropical forests; city flower gardens.
Range: South Texas, Mexico, and Jamaica.
Conservation: Habitat in the lower Rio Grande Valley should be expanded.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Monitor populations in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
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