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Species Systasea pulverulenta - Texas Powdered-Skipper - Hodges#3937

Texas Powdered-Skipper -- Systasea pulverulenta - Systasea pulverulenta Young larva - Systasea pulverulenta butterfly - Systasea pulverulenta Skipper - Systasea pulverulenta Butterfly - Systasea pulverulenta Texas Powdered-Skipper - Systasea pulverulenta Texas Powdered-Skipper - Systasea pulverulenta Butterfly -  - Systasea pulverulenta
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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 Systasea (Powdered-Skippers)
Species pulverulenta (Texas Powdered-Skipper - Hodges#3937)
Hodges Number
3937
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
described in 1869 by Felder, who originally placed it in genus Leucochitonea
Size
wingspan 24-35 mm
Identification
Adult: upperside of wings orangish-brown with darker greenish-brown areas; underside of wings dull green with whitish markings on hindwing; forewing upperside and underside has median line of white/clear cells forming a smooth curve along inner (basal) edge; fringe of all surfaces of all wings dull green, checkered with brown at veins

Larva: head reddish-brown; body shiny bluish-green with tiny white dots and thin white band on each abdominal segment; body sparsely covered with short white hairs
Range
southern Arizona to central Texas, south through Mexico to Guatemala
Habitat
openings in thorn forest and scrub; parks; near rivers
Season
adults fly from February to December in southern Texas
Food
larvae feed on leaves of various plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae)
adults feed on flower nectar
Life Cycle
females deposit eggs singly on hostplant; overwinters as a larva
See Also
Arizona Powdered-Skipper (Systasea zampa) forewing median line is offset/jogged near the middle, whereas pulverulenta median line forms a smooth curve along inner (basal) edge; zampa also does not occur in central Texas or the lower Rio Grande valley (compare images and distribution maps of pulverulenta and zampa at nearctica.com)
Internet References
species account including pinned adult images, description, larval foodplants, habits, habitat, flight season, distribution (Butterflies and Skippers of North America)
pinned and live adult images plus photos of larva and foodplant by various photographers (butterfliesofamerica.com)