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Species Phocides pigmalion - Mangrove Skipper - Hodges#3865

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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 Eudaminae (Dicot Skippers)
Genus Phocides
Species pigmalion (Mangrove Skipper - Hodges#3865)
Hodges Number
Wingspan 48-70 mm
Adult: large dark skipper of south Florida with brownish-black forewings and iridescent blue or purple streaks on both sides of hindwings (a diagnostic feature).

Larva: dark purplish-brown with large oval head and yellow band across each abdominal segment, constricted or tapering to a point near dorsal midline
Both coasts of peninsular Florida and the Keys south through the West Indies and Mexico to Argentina. Strayed to coastal South Carolina.
Near coasts with mangroves
Adults from November-August in southern Florida.
Larvae feed on leaves of Red [or American] Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle).
Adults take nectar.
See Also
Guava Skipper (Phocides palemon is restricted to extreme southern Texas and lacks blue streaks on hindwing
Print References
Brock and Kaufman, pp. 266-267 (1)
Glassberg, p. 146, plate 47 (2)
Scott, # 567, pp. 469-470 (3)
Internet References
Butterflies and Skippers of North America pinned adult image, overview, US distribution map (
live adult images (Jeffrey Pippen, Florida, courtesy Duke U.)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
2.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
3.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.