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Species Carterocephalus mandan - Arctic Skipper - Hodges#3982

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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 Heteropterinae (Intermediate Skippers)
Genus Carterocephalus
Species mandan (Arctic Skipper - Hodges#3982)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Chequered Skipper (in Eurasia)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Carterocephalus mandan (Edwards, 1863)
Carterocephalus mandan mandan (Edwards, 1863)
Carterocephalus mandan mesapano (Edwards, 1870)
Hesperia mandan Edwards, 1863
Hesperia mesapano Scudder, 1868
Explanation of Names
Carterocephalus mandan (Edwards, 1863), formerly treated as a subspecies of Papilio palaemon Pallas, 1771, is raised to full species with mesapano Scudder, 1868 as a subspecies in Zhang et al. (2020)(1). C. palaemon (Pallas, 1771) is now considered extralimital to North America.
The name Arctic Skipper is misleading as it is not found in the Arctic, and is most common in the Boreal and Mixed Deciduous Woodland Zones on the margins of deciduous forests.
wingspan 19-32 mm
Adult: upperside black with squarish orange spots; underside of forewing orange with black spots; underside of hindwing red-orange with cream spots outlined in black
Larva: cream-coloured with faint dorsal stripe and yellowish lateral line above row of black spots
Type Locality: Manitoba.
Glades and openings in heavily forested woods, moist meadows, and streamsides.
One brood from May-July.
Larva: Grasses, including purple reedgrass (Calamagrostis purpurascens) in California.
Adults: Nectar from flowers, including Iris in California.
Life Cycle
Adults rest with their wings closed, but bask with hindwings open wide and forewings open to about 45 degrees. To find receptive females, males perch on low vegetation and sometimes patrol in openings. Females lay eggs singly on leaves of the host plant. Caterpillars live and feed within nests of silked-together leaves; fully-grown caterpillars overwinter in their nests and then pupate within them in the spring.
Considered high priority conservation in Europe.
Print References
A Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) by Paul A. Opler, Amy Bartlett Wright, Roger Tory Peterson
The Field Guide to Butterflies by William Jacob Holland
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Genomic evidence suggests further changes of butterfly names
Zhang, J., Q. Cong, J. Shen, P.A. Opler, N.V. Grishin. 2020. Taxonomic Report of the International Lepidoptera Survey, 8(7): 1-41.