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Hylephila phyleus


Florida native


Fiery skippers are small golden butterflies with black markings that are found in sandhills, flatwoods and open disturbed sites throughout Florida. Ranges mainly across the southern United States from California to Virginia, also found northward along the eastern Seaboard into Massachusetts and into the midwest states. Hylephila phyleus is an exotic turfgrass pest in Hawaii.
Males are mostly golden-yellow with black markings on the top side of the wings, smaller and fewer black markings on the underside. Females are mostly dark above with yellowish spots, and the underside is mainly yellowish-brown with lighter and darker areas. The caterpillar is a dull greenish-brown with a black head.
Host plants are grasses (Pocaeae family). The caterpillars will eat the leaves of many different grass species.
Many generations can be produced each year, with adults occurring year-round in south Florida.

Hylephila phyleus 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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Butterflies and Moths of North America page for this species

Date record last modified:
Aug 07, 2016

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