Explanation of Names
Hylephila phyleus (Drury, 1773)
Probably named after Phyleus (Greek φυλευς), a man mentioned in Greek mythology.
e NA to CA / S to Argentina / W. Indies - Map
in among grasses and in open areas- quite common around lawns.
Can be year-round, if the weather's mild enough- they keep having new broods until they weather gets too cold. In cooler areas they're seen from May-August
Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), crabgrass (Digitaria), St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), and other grasses. Adults nectar on a wide variety of flowers.
Eggs are laid on or around grasses. The caterpillars roll some of the grass into little shelters along the ground in among the grass, so they're rarely seen. After they pupate, the females wander around looking for suitable habitats, while the males stake out such places waiting for females to mate with.
Many species in the subfamily Hesperiinae are similar in overall colors and form, though differing in details of the color pattern.
Opler, pp. 365-366 & plate 35 (1)