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Species Epargyreus zestos - Zestos Skipper - Hodges#3869

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 Eudaminae (Dicot Skippers)
Genus Epargyreus
Species zestos (Zestos Skipper - Hodges#3869)
Hodges Number
Other Common Names
Florida Zestos Skipper
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Proteides zestos Geyer, 1832
up to 2 inches (1)
Florida Keys / Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands to St. Vincent - (1), BOA
Uplands, Tropical hardwood hammocks (1)
year round in s. FL - MPG
Florida hammock milkpea - Galactia striata (Fabaceae) (1)
Life Cycle
Green eggs laid singly on leaves of host. Caterpillar eats leaves and lives in a shelter of leaves tied together with silk. (1)
Not seen in the last six years of Florida surveys conducted for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District - Liston, 2013

As of June 2013, considered likely extinct: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Florida Butterfly Caterpillars And Their Host Plants
Marc C. Minno, JERRY F. BUTLER, DONALD W. HALL. 2005. University Press Florida.