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Species Heliopyrgus domicella - Erichson's White-skipper - Hodges#3970

Skipper Butterfly - Heliopyrgus domicella Erichson's White-skipper, upperwings - Heliopyrgus domicella Erichson's White Skipper - Heliopyrgus domicella Erichson's White-skipper - Heliopyrgus domicella White Checkered Skipper? - Heliopyrgus domicella Erichson's White-skipper - Heliopyrgus domicella White Skipper - Heliopyrgus domicella Erichson's White-skipper - Heliopyrgus domicella
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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 Pyrginae (Spread-wing Skippers)
Tribe Pyrgini
Genus Heliopyrgus
Species domicella (Erichson's White-skipper - Hodges#3970)
Hodges Number
3970
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heliopetes domicella - NABA name
Explanation of Names
Heliopyrgus domicella (Erichson, [1849])
Identification
Underwings are brownish with a broad dark margin and off-white median band. Upperwings have a continuous white median band across both wings, extending to the leading edge of the forewing; dark wing bases, and dark margins with many white spots.
Range
s. CA to s. TX to Venezuela - Map (MPG, BOA)
Habitat
Open or scrubby arid habitats, usually near water
Food
larval hosts unknown but strongly suspected to be in family Malvaceae.
Remarks
more common in AZ, first TX record: Pharr, Hidalgo Co., TX - 1944 (Freeman, 1949)
Print References
Freeman, H.A. 1949. Notes on some tropical American skippers (Lepidoptera, Rhopalocera, Hesperiidae). Field & Laboratory 17: 75-81.
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