Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Perichares adela Hewitson, 1867
Hesperia adela Hewitson, 1867
Perichares philetes adela Brown & Mielke, 1967 (authorship may be incorrect, listed but not as a new comb.)
Explanation of Names
Perichares adela (Hewitson, 1867), formerly a subspecies of Perichares philetes (Gmelin, ), extralimital, is raised to full species status in Burns et al. (2008).
Very large for a grass-skipper. Mottled pattern under hindwing. Large yellow spots on forewing. Red eyes show clearly only if lit from right angle. Dorsal surface of thorax sometimes, but not always, iridescent green.
s. TX (as a stray) to Brazil - Map
caterpillars hosted on grasses including sugarcane and bamboo
Seems to be crepuscular; nearly all sightings are in morning or evening. Often nectaring high up in Mexican Olive (Cordia boissieri) and other flowering trees.
First U.S. record reported by Freeman (1945).
Burns, J.M., D.H. Janzen, M. Hajibabaei, W. Hallwachs, P.D.N. Hebert,, 2008. DNA barcodes and cryptic species of skipper butterflies in the genus Perichares
in Area de Conservaciòn Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105 (17): 6350-6355
Freeman, H.A. 1945. Notes on some North American Hesperiidae, with two new records for the United States (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Entomological News 56(1): 4-5.