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Wallengrenia otho, Southern Broken-Dash

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Freshly emerged male

Freshly emerged female

Freshly emerged male

Description: 12-15 mm. Named for the stigma on the male which is "broken" into two sepparate patches. Upperside is brown with orange spots. Males have more orange. Ventral side is reddish orange with small yellow spots on the hindwing.


Habitat and Distribution: throughout the Keys but more common in the pine lands of the Southern Keys, Flies throughout the South eastern United States. 


Host Plant: various grasses including Paspalum caespitosum


Natural History: Adults occur in all months in the Keys. They frequent weedy vacant lots and roadsides. 


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