Tropical Checkered-Skipper

  • Family name: Hesperiidae/Skippers
  • General description: Wings dark brown with numerous small white spots, males with elongated blue-gray hairs on body and wing bases. Females darker with less prominent spots and hairs. Ventral hindwing white with dark brown markings and large smudged, dark brown spot midway along leading margin.
  • Field Marks: Wings dark brown with numerous white spots.

Tropical Checkered Skipper larva

  • Sexes: Appear different
  • Wingspan: 32-38 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: light green, laid singly on host leaves Mature larva: Green with darker green lateral lines and numerous short hairs. Head black. Chrysalis: Green
  • Number of Generations: Three or more
  • Flight Season: All year
  • Abundance: common
  • Habitat: Disturbed sites, roadsides, old fields, fallow agricultural land, pastures
  • 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: Various plants in the Mallow family (Malvaceae) including Arrowleaf Sida (Sida rhombifolia) and Broomweed (Sida acuta).
  • Similar Species: No similar species
  • Additional Information: Adults have a rapid, darting flight. Feed and perch with wings outstretched. Larvae construct individual leaf shelters on host. Easily confused with Common and White Checkered Skipper.

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