Adult: large dark skipper of south Florida with brownish-black forewings and iridescent blue or purple streaks on both sides of hindwings (a diagnostic feature).
Larva: dark purplish-brown with large oval head and yellow band across each abdominal segment, constricted or tapering to a point near dorsal midline
Both coasts of peninsular Florida and the Keys south through the West Indies and Mexico to Argentina. Strayed to coastal South Carolina.
Near coasts with mangroves
Adults from November-August in southern Florida.
is restricted to extreme southern Texas and lacks blue streaks on hindwing
Brock and Kaufman, pp. 266-267 (1)
Glassberg, p. 146, plate 47 (2)
Scott, # 567, pp. 469-470 (3)
Butterflies and Skippers of North America
pinned adult image, overview, US distribution map (nearctica.com)
live adult images
(Jeffrey Pippen, Florida, courtesy Duke U.)