Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Glassy-winged Skipper
Xenophanes tryxus (Stoll, 1780)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Forewing has an irregular outer margin; hindwing is slightly scalloped. Upperside is gray-black with irregular transparent patches.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 5/16 inches (2.9 - 3.3 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Three broods from February-December in South Texas; many flights in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Malvaviscus and Malachra in the mallow family (Malvaceae).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Subtropical open areas.
Range: Argentina north through tropical America to northern Mexico. A periodic resident in the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and a rare stray to southwest New Mexico.
Conservation: Not necessary for 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.
Comments: NULL
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