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Species Polites vibex - Whirlabout - Hodges#4045

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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 Hesperiinae (Grass Skippers)
Tribe Hesperiini
Genus Polites
Species vibex (Whirlabout - Hodges#4045)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Polites vibex (Geyer)
Orig. Comb: Thymelicus Vibex Geyer, 1832
Explanation of Names
vibex (L). 'a whip mark' (1)
Whirlabouts named for their fast circular flight pattern.
25-29 mm wingspan
Adult: dorsal - male bright yellowish-orange on both wings; forewing with large black stigma and dark patch near tip. Female dark brown with unmarked hindwing and several pale orange or yellow spots on forewing.
Adult: ventral - male orangish-yellow with dark apical patch on forewing, and usually three or four large blackish smudges on hindwing. Female variably drab color with light color bands.
coastal se US plains (TX-FL-NC) / Mex / W. Indies - Map (MPG)
Sunny scrubby or open areas, including dunes, fields, pinewoods, roadsides, forest openings, yards, and parks.
Adults fly all year in Florida and southern Texas; April to September farther north
larvae feed on grasses, including Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), St. Augustine Grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), and Thin Paspalum (Paspalum setaceum)
Life Cycle
Two generations per year in northern part of range; more than two in the far south.
See Also
Similar to Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus), but forewing orange is smooth rather than the jagged edging of Fiery.
Also compare Sachem (Atalopedes campestris.
Print References
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Internet References
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Butterflies of the East Coast : An Observer's Guide
Rick Cech, Guy Tudor. 2005. Princeton University Press.
3.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
4.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.