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Species Nastra neamathla - Neamathla Skipper - Hodges#3995

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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 neamathla (Neamathla Skipper - Hodges#3995)
Hodges Number
3995
Explanation of Names
Neamathla was a Seminole chief that resisted the US army's attempt to move his tribe inland, to sandy infertile land.
Size
Average wingspan is 24mm
Identification
Dorsal, plain brown with 2 small pale dots on central FW, and several tiny subapical marks. On worn butterflies, these marks may not show.
Ventral, brown with a very pale spot band on the HW. FW has an orangish inner costal edge.
Compare withSwarthy Skipper. Note the white veining on Swarthy, not found on Neamathla.
Range
Peninsular Florida, SE Texas. Also south to Costa Rica.
Habitat
Open grassy areas and grassy pine woods.
Season
North Florida, February-November, and south Florida and keys, all year with 3 or more broods.
Food
Grasses, mainly Big Bluestem and Little Bluestem.
Remarks
First recognized as a species in 1923, and not much study has been given to it's life history, since it's not an appealing butterfly, and easily confused with the more common Swarthy Skipper. In recent years, the range boundries are being more accurately mapped.
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 Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
3.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
4.Butterflies through Binoculars: Florida
Jeffrey Glassberg, Marc C. Minno, John V. Calhoun. 2000. Oxford Press.