Hylephila phyleus, Fiery Skipper

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Egg

Freshly emerged adult male

Description: 12-17 mm. Males are bright orange with black markings and a black stigma on the forewing. Females are larger, dark brown with yellowish dorsal spots. Ventral side has a series of small black spots. They have very short antennae. 

 

Habitat and Distribution: This species occurs in most habitats and is one of the more widespread species in the United States. It is found throughout the Keys in every month of the year

 

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

 

Natural History: This species is widespread and abundant and can be found quite easily

 

Freshly emerged adult female

Freshly emerged adult female

Freshly emerged adult male

Freshly emerged adult female

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