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Species Polygonus leo - Hammock Skipper - Hodges#3872

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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 Eudaminae (Dicot Skippers)
Genus Polygonus
Species leo (Hammock Skipper - Hodges#3872)
Hodges Number
3872
Explanation of Names
Polygonus leo (Gmelin, [1790])
Size
45-50mm wingspan
Identification
Dorsal, blackish with several large square white spots, and a stubby tail.
Underwing, light purplish with 2 dark bands. A black dot near the wing base of the HW is diagnostic.
Range
CA-TX, FL / W. Indies - Map (MPG)
Habitat
Hardwood hammocks, gardens, and rimrock pinelands.
Season
Multiple broods, flies year round.
Food
Jamaican dogwood and pongam.
Remarks
Has a short rapid flight, often landing under a leaf, hanging upside down.
Print References
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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.