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Calpodes ethlius

CANNA SKIPPER

BRAZILIAN SKIPPER

Florida native

 

The canna skipper is found in marshes, wet prairies and urban areas throughout Florida and Texas south through the West Indies, Mexico, Central and South America into Argentina. Strays can be found primarily though the southern United States into the southwestern states and up the eastern Atlantic seaboard.
A dark brown butterfly with semi-transparent spots on the wings, including three on the hindwings. The wingspan is 4.5-5.3 cm (~1.75 - 2 in.).
The larval stage of this butterfly is known as the greater canna leafroller. These caterpillars are greenish and somehwat translucent. The cocoon is made by rolling up a leaf and lining it with silk.

 
Calpodes ethlius is a member of the Hesperiidae - Skippers family.
 

Butterflies through Binoculars

   Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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Butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, and curious general readers will perhaps be surprised to learn that Florida's butterfly fauna is unique--and that, until the appearance of this volume, there has been no adequate field guide for the butterflies of this region. This guide simplifies identification by illustrating only species found in Florida--using superb photographs of live butterflies coupled with detailed range maps and identification data. It also offers, with unprecedented detail, much information on flight times and abundances for each of five Florida subregions, including reports on 70 localities in which to find butterflies. Lastly, discussions of the foodplants for each species along with suggestions for attracting these species to one's garden make this work invaluable for all Florida gardeners interested in butterflies.


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Date record last modified:
Aug 07, 2016









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