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Species Atrytonopsis cestus - Cestus Skipper - Hodges#4087

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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 Hesperiini
Genus Atrytonopsis
Species cestus (Cestus Skipper - Hodges#4087)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Baboquivari Dusted Skipper
Explanation of Names
Author of species is (W.H. Edwards, 1884).
Wing span: 3.5 - 3.9 cm.
Fringes are checkered. Upperside is dark brown; forewing has large clear spots, hindwing has a short row of 4 spots that are not in line. Underside is lighter brown with upperside spots repeated.
Rare and local in south-central Arizona and northern Mexico.
Open woodland and grassy thorn forest.
Several flights from April-May and August-October.
Life Cycle
From early morning to around noon, males perch on south-facing slopes of gullies to wait for females.
All populations and their habitats should be conserved wherever found.
Internet References - Butterflies and Skippers of North America