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Species Proteides mercurius - Mercurial Skipper - Hodges#3868

Mercurial Skipper - Proteides mercurius - female Mercurial Skipper - Proteides mercurius Skipper with Golden Head - Proteides mercurius Mercurial Skipper - Proteides mercurius
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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 Proteides
Species mercurius (Mercurial Skipper - Hodges#3868)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Proteides mercurius (Fabricius)
Orig. Comb: Papilio mercurius Fabricius, 1787
Explanation of Names
Mercury from mythology (1)
Multiple subspecies along with a second full species in the West Indies - BOA
5.8-7 cm
mostly TX & FL (AZ-LA, FL) / Mexico to Argentina / W. Indies - Map (MPG, BOA)
Print References
Lindsey, A.W., E.L. Bell & R.C. Williams, Jr. 1931. The Hesperioidea of North America. Denison University Bulletin, Journal of the Scientific Laboratories 25(1): 1-142.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.