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Species Copaeodes minima - Southern Skipperling - Hodges#4010

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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 Thymelicini
Genus Copaeodes
Species minima (Southern Skipperling - Hodges#4010)
Hodges Number
4010
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Copaeodes minima (W. H. Edwards, 1870)
Copaeodes minimus (alternate spelling)
Size
The smallest North American skipper, wing span 16 - 22 mm.
Identification
Very small. Orange above and below, white stripe along underside of wing. Female wing may be narrowly edged with black. Wings are very angular compared to the Least Skipper, and have less black.
Range
Southeastern US - Alabama east to North Carolina, west to Texas, south to Florida, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.
Habitat
Grassy areas.
Season
Year-round in FL, two broods further north.
Food
Larvae host on Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon) and other grasses.
Print References
(1) Butterflies Through Binoculars
Internet References
Carolina Nature - Images of live adults and info
NA Butterfly Association - Images of live adults & info
Butterflies & Moths of SE Arizona - Image of pinned adults
Works Cited
1.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.