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Species Copaeodes minima - Southern Skipperling - Hodges#4010

What Skipper is this?  Smallest one I have ever seen - Copaeodes minima Copaeodes minima? - Copaeodes minima Southern Skipperling - Copaeodes minima skipper sp. ? - Copaeodes minima skipperling - Copaeodes minima skipper, Austin TX - Copaeodes minima Possibly Copaeodes minimus ? - Copaeodes minima very small skipper - Copaeodes minima
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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 Thymelicini
Genus Copaeodes
Species minima (Southern Skipperling - Hodges#4010)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Copaeodes minima (W. H. Edwards, 1870)
Copaeodes minimus (alternate spelling)
The smallest North American skipper, wing span 16 - 22 mm.
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.
Southeastern US - Alabama east to North Carolina, west to Texas, south to Florida, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.
Grassy areas.
Year-round in FL, two broods further north.
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.