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Species Calpodes ethlius - Brazilian Skipper - Hodges#4115

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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 Hesperiinae (Grass Skippers)
Tribe Calpodini
Genus Calpodes
Species ethlius (Brazilian Skipper - Hodges#4115)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Larger Canna Leafroller(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Calpodes ethlius (Stoll)
Well established in Florida and Texas; there are records as far north as New York. It is found throughout Central and South America, all the way to Argentina. It is even found in the Galapagos.
Larvae feed on several species of Canna
Life Cycle
The larva wraps itself inside a leaf and eats the leaf. It expels feces forcefully a considerable distance which may be a protection against detection by predators.
Works Cited
1.Insects and other arthropods that feed on aquatic and wetland plants
Center T.D., Dray F.A., Jubinsky G.P., Grodowitz M.J. 2002. USDA ARS, Technical Bulletin 1870. 200 pp.