Copaeodes minima, Southern Skipperling

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adult 

Description: 8-10 mm. This is on of the Smallest Butterflies in the United States. Adults are bright orange in color, females being a little darker in coloration.

 

Habitat and Distribution: vacant lots, roadsides and weedy fields in most of  Florida  but have only been reported from Key Largo

 

Host Plant: Grasses such as Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon)

 

Natural History: Common throughout the Southern United States but likely records of this butterfly in the Keys are due to strays that temporarily colonize. There was a temporary population discovered in Key Largo in 1989 but since then, this butterfly has not been seen in the Keys.Adults were reported in May and November

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