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Polites vibex, Whirlabout

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Freshly emerged adult male


Final instar larvae

Description: 12-14 mm. Males are golden yellow with black markings and a black stigma. Females are dark brown with golden spots. The pattern of brown spots on the ventral hindwing is the key factor in identifying this species


Habitat and Distribution: Southeast United States, south through Central and South America. They have been found in Key Largo and Key West. They frequent vacant lots and weedy fields


Host Plant: various grasses


Natural History: There have only been a few records of this species in the Keys and it likely not a breeing resident


Freshly emerged adult female

Freshly emerged adult female


Freshly emerged adult male

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