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Species Nastra lherminier - Swarthy Skipper - Hodges#3993

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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 Hesperiinae (Grass Skippers)
Tribe Moncini
Genus Nastra
Species lherminier (Swarthy Skipper - Hodges#3993)
Hodges Number
3993
Size
Wingspan 20-24mm
Identification
Swarthy Skippers are small very plain looking butterflies, without any distinct field marks.
Dorsal, Plain dark brown, and occasionally shows a faint pair of FW spots. Male and female look alike.
Ventral, Plain brown, fresh individuals show some veining, but that fades away with age.

Compare with Neamathla Skipper
Range
The eastern/southeastern half of the US. From Florida to Ct., and out to eastern Texas, and Mo.
Habitat
Mostly dry open grassy areas, but have been found in marshy grasslands also.
Season
Northern areas have 2 broods, late spring and late summer. Southern Florida may have 3 broods, starting in March.
Food
Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparius).
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on Little Bluestem Grass, the caterpillars feed on the grass, and build a shelter in partially rolled grass. The late season caterpillars overwinter as pupa.
Print References
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Internet References
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of the East Coast : An Observer's Guide
Rick Cech, Guy Tudor. 2005. Princeton University Press.
2.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
3.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.