Butterfly, Butterflies! Caterpillar Host & Butterfly Food: Violet-banded Skipper, Nyctelius nyctelius

Butterfly: Violet-banded Skipper

Caterpillar Host: grasses, sugarcane, corn and rice

Butterfly Food: flower nectar

Family
Skippers

Scientific Name: Nyctelius nyctelius

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Posted by TexasPuddyPrint on Nov 1, 2010 7:02 PM CST:
ID: Topside is violet brown with white and clear spots and a dark spot in the forewing cell. Forewing has a white-wash appearance near the end. Underside is a lighter brown with a violet overlay and two darker bands. 1 1/16 - 1 1/2 inches in size (2.7 - 3.9 cm)

Flight Season: May-December in south Texas. Has been reported in southern Arizon and California.

Caterpillar Food: Grasses, sugarcane (Saccharum oficinarum), corn (Zea mays) and rice (Oryza sativa).

Adult Food: flower nectar

Egg location: Females lay eggs singly on leaves of host plant. Caterpillars make a leaf nest shelter.

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