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Species Quasimellana eulogius - Common Mellana - Hodges#4068

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Subfamily Hesperiinae (Grass Skippers)
Genus Quasimellana
Species eulogius (Common Mellana - Hodges#4068)
Hodges Number
4068
Other Common Names
Eulogius Skipper
Identification
Key character is a band of faint spots forming a crescent under the hindwing, similar to the backwards "3" on the Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Range
Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, south through Mexico and Central America to at least Paraguay
Habitat
Forest gaps and openings
Season
Year-round, though in Texas is least common in late winter/early spring
Food
Adults feed on nectar. Larval host plants unknown.
Print References
Wauer, Roland H. "Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley" Boulder CO: Johnson Books, 2004.
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