Staphylus hayhurstii, Hayhurst's Scallopwing

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Freshly emerged Adult

Description: 11-13 mm This is a small dark brown spreadwing skipper with small white spots on the forewing. The scalloped shape of the forewing makes this butterfly easily identifiable. 

 

Habitat and Distribution: They inhabit wooded areas where host plant grows

 

Host Plant: Suspected Iresine canescens in the Keys

 

Natural History: This species once populated Key Largo but is no longer a breeding population in the Keys

 

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