Second largest US grass skipper, with long pointed wings.
Dorsal, dark brown/black with rufous edge at FW base. Male has a black stigma, and the female has 2 pale elyptical spots on the FW.
Ventral, solid dark color flecked with light scales, and light colored wing fringes. This and the larger size, help diferentiate them from Palatka Skipper.
South and central Florida.
A wide variety of habitats where there are palms.
Central Florida has 3-4 broods, March-December. South Florida and the Keys all year with continuous broods.
Many species of palms. Caterpillars feed on mature leaves, and fold the fronds to make a nest.
Introduced species first noticed in the late 1940's.
One of just a few grass skippers that doesn't feed on grass.
Males have look-out perches for females, and they will dart out at intruders, protecting their territory. They're very fast fliers, especially for their large size.
- larvae feed on sedges, not palms; adults smaller than Monk Skipper (29-35mm wingspan vs 45mm or larger)
- see Identification section, above