Nastra neamathla, Neamathla Skipper

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Freshly emerged adult

Description: 11-13 mm. This is a tiny brown butterfly with very little in the way of markings. Panoquina panoquinoides (lighter brown with heavier spot markings and slightly more elongate) and Cymaenes tripunctus (lighter brown with heavier spot markings) are similar species. Worn specimens may be difficult to differentiate. 

 

Habitat and Distribution: road sides and grassy areas in South Florida. 

 

Host Plant: grasses in the Andropogon genus

 

Natural History: There have been a few specimens reported from Key Largo in September and October, probably as strays

 

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