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Species Hesperia metea - Cobweb Skipper - Hodges#4027

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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 Hesperiini
Genus Hesperia (Branded Skippers)
Species metea (Cobweb Skipper - Hodges#4027)
Hodges Number
4027
Size
average wingspan 30mm
Identification
Ventral HW and FW are variably marked with white veins and a white V shaped chevron, forming a cobweb appearance.
Dorsal male mostly brown with a wrist bracelet and 2 spots near the outer FW margin. Female FW with a series of jagged FW spots.
Range
Maine to Georgia, and accross to eastern Texas. Some populations in the Wisconsin area.
Habitat
Dry habitats with beardgrass.
Season
Southern populations March/April, northern populations May/June.
Food
Bluestem
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a pupa.
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.