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Species Vidius perigenes - Pale-rayed skipper - Hodges#3991

Pale-rayed Skipper - Vidius perigenes Pale-rayed Skipper - Vidius perigenes
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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)
Tribe Moncini
Genus Vidius
Species perigenes (Pale-rayed skipper - Hodges#3991)
Hodges Number
3991
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Vidius perigenes (Godman, 1900)
Mastor perigenes Godman, 1900
Size
Tilden (1964) listed the forewing length.
♂ 12-13 mm.
♀ 14-16 mm.
Identification
Godman (1900) states "easily identified from its allies by the longitudinal whitish streaks on the secondaries beneath."

Godman (1900) original description as Mastor perigenes is available online at the link in the print references.
Range
Periodic stray to southern Texas; Mexico to Columbia. (1)
Season
The main flight period in Texas is March to December.
Food
Caterpillars feed on grass species.
Ajilvsgi (2013) listed Setaria spp. (bristle grass) and Stenotaphrum secundatum (St. Augustine grass). (2)
Adults feed on flower nectar.
See Also
Copaeodes minima (Southern Skipperling) has the underside white rays but is yellowish-orange and smaller.(3)
Print References
Ajilvsgi, G., 2013. Butterfly Gardening for Texas. Texas A&M University Press. p. 122. (2)
Coolidge,K.R., 1911. On the genus Mastor Godman and Salvin. The Canadian Entomologist 43: 6.
Draudt, M., 1921. The Macrolepidoptera of the World : a systematic account of all the known Macrolepidoptera 3: 972.
Godman, F.D., 1900. Biologia Centrali-Americana (Insecta. Lepidoptera Rhopalocera) 2: 569.
Neck, R.W., 1996. A Field Guide to Butterflies of Texas. Gulf Publishing Co., Houston, Texas. (4)
Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. (1)
Tilden, J.W., 1964. Two species of Hesperiidae previously unrecorded from the United States. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 18(4): 214.
Tveten, J. & G. Tveten, 1996. Butterflies of Houston & Southeast Texas. University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. 292 pp.
Wauer, R.H., 2004. Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Johnson Books. p. 296. (3)
Works Cited
1.A Field Guide to Western Butterflies 2nd Edition
Paul A. Opler, illustrated by Amy Bartlett Wright. 1999. Houghton Mifflin.
2.Butterfly Gardening for Texas (Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series)
Geyata Ajilvsgi. 2013. Texas A&M University Press.
3.Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Roland H. Wauer. 2004. Johnson Books.
4.A field guide to butterflies of Texas
Neck, R.W. 1996. Gulf Publishing Co., Houston. xvii + 323 pp.
5.North American Moth Photographers Group