Phocides pigmalion, Mangrove Skipper

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Freshly emerged male

4th Instar Larva

Final Instar Larva

Description: 25-33 mm. This is a very large skipper. With its large size, and blue coloration, it can't be mistaken for any other species

 

Habitat and Distribution: lives abundantly in mangrove habitats throughout the Keys and can be found in all months of the year

 

Host Plant: Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)

 

Natural History: Has a very strong flight. They typically perch on the underside of leaves. They can be found visiting various types of flowers

 

Freshly emerged male

Freshly emerged male

Freshly emerged male

Final Instar Larva

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Freshly emerged male

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