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Species Poanes melane - Umber Skipper - Hodges#4065

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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 Poanes
Species melane (Umber Skipper - Hodges#4065)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paratrytone melane
Wingspan 32-35 mm
"Umber" brown, yellowish spots on forewing, hindwing has broad yellowish band.
California, west of Sierras, southern Arizona (rare), into Baja California, highlands of Mexico, Central America
Varied: desert foothills, oak woodlands
Two or more flights, typically: March-May, September-October
Adults take nectar.

Larvae feed on grasses, sedges.
Life Cycle
Egg, 1st instar larva, larva inside grass shelter, older larva, pupal shelter, emerged adult
Print References
Brock, p. 328 (1)
Scott, #515 (Paratrytone melane), color plates 48, 49 (2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
2.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.