Calpodes ethlius, Brazilian Skipper

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Calpodes ethlius, Brazilian Skipper

Adult male basking in the sun

Calpodes ethlius, Brazilian Skipper

Description: 23-27 mm. This is a large brown skipper with multiple translucent cream colored spots on the forewing and the hindwing.

 

Habitat and Distribution: This species is very localized to places where host plant occurs but there can be locally common. It has been found in many Keys from Key Largo to Key West. Their larval host is a fresh water lily which suggests that ornamental canna lilies planted in urban areas keeps this species going in the Keys. They are found throughout Florida, and are widespread in Central and South America

 

Host Plant: Leaves of Canna sps. 

 

Natural History: This species can be found just about year around but is likely migratory. I found a home in Big Pine Key that has ornamental Canna lilies and found adults consistently 

 

Adult male basking in the sun

Calpodes ethlius, Brazilian Skipper larva

Final instar larva

Calpodes ethlius, Brazilian Skipper larva

Final instar larva

Calpodes ethlius, Brazilian Skipper larva

Headcapsule of Larva

Calpodes ethlius, Brazilian Skipper larva

Translucent skin of Larva

Calpodes ethlius, Brazilian Skipper pupa

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