Little Metalmark

  • Family name: Riodinidae/Metalmarks
  • General description: orange-brown with black markings and two narrow metallic silver-blue bands. Ventral wing surfaces as above but lighter orange. Forewing apex more rounded in females
  • Field Marks: small; orange-brown with metallic silver-blue bands.
  • Sexes: appear similar
  • Wingspan: 15-25 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: laid singly on host leaves Mature larva: light green with long plumelike white hairs Chrysalis: green and cream with darker markings
  • Number of Generations: multipleLittle Metalmark larva
  • Flight Season: All
  • Abundance: Common
  • Habitat: moist meadows, roadsides, pine savannahs, grassy fields, forest margins
  • Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
  • Larval Host Plants: yellow thistle (Cirsium horridulum)
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  • Additional Information: adults flutter very low to the ground; perches with wings open and periodically lands on the undersurface of leaves; colonies often local

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