Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Piruna haferniki - Hodges#3986

Chisos Skipperling, Piruna haferniki - Piruna haferniki Chisos Skipperling - Piruna haferniki
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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 Heteropterinae (Intermediate Skippers)
Genus Piruna
Species haferniki (Piruna haferniki - Hodges#3986)
Hodges Number
3986
Explanation of Names
Piruna haferniki H. Freeman, 1970
Size
25 mm
Identification
Upperside is blackish brown. Forewing has 3 same-sized spots at the apex and distinct oval postmedian spots; hindwing has no markings. Underside of forewing is the same as upperside; underside of hindwing is purplish gray with no markings
Range
w. TX (Brewster Co.) - Map - MPG
Life Cycle
Adults rest with their wings closed, but bask with hindwings open wide and forewings open to about 45 degrees. Males patrol to find receptive females. Caterpillars live and feed within nests of webbed leaves. Fully-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Remarks
Type Locality: “Green Gulch, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, elev. 5700 ft.”
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G1 - Critically imperiled globally because of extreme rarity.
Texas Parks & Wildlife considers this to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (1)
Print References
Freeman, H.A. 1970. A new species of Piruna from Texas (Hesperiidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 24(4): 247-249.