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Species Asbolis capucinus - Monk Skipper - Hodges#4079

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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 Asbolis
Species capucinus (Monk Skipper - Hodges#4079)
Hodges Number
4079
Size
Wingspan: 45-60 mm
Identification
Second largest US grass skipper, with long pointed wings.
Dorsal, dark brown/black with rufous edge at FW base. Male has a black stigma, and the female has 2 pale elyptical spots on the FW.
Ventral, solid dark color flecked with light scales, and light colored wing fringes. This and the larger size, help diferentiate them from Palatka Skipper.
Range
South and central Florida.
Habitat
A wide variety of habitats where there are palms.
Season
Central Florida has 3-4 broods, March-December. South Florida and the Keys all year with continuous broods.
Food
Many species of palms. Caterpillars feed on mature leaves, and fold the fronds to make a nest.
Remarks
Introduced species first noticed in the late 1940's.
One of just a few grass skippers that doesn't feed on grass.
Males have look-out perches for females, and they will dart out at intruders, protecting their territory. They're very fast fliers, especially for their large size.
See Also
Dun Skipper - larvae feed on sedges, not palms; adults smaller than Monk Skipper (29-35mm wingspan vs 45mm or larger)
Palatka Skipper - see Identification section, above
Print References
(1) (2) (3)
Internet References
ButterfliesAndMoths.org - species profile
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.
3.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.