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Species Piruna haferniki - Hodges#3986

Chisos Skipperling, Piruna haferniki - Piruna haferniki Chisos Skipperling - Piruna haferniki
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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 Heteropterinae (Intermediate Skippers)
Genus Piruna
Species haferniki (Piruna haferniki - Hodges#3986)
Hodges Number
Explanation of Names
Piruna haferniki H. Freeman, 1970
25 mm
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
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.
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.