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Skipper with dark brown wings. Upperside of male forewing has a dark black stigma; female forewing has transparent white spots. Underside of hindwing has dark and light patches and a violet-blue sheen. Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 inches (3.2 - 4.5 cm).
This one was basking in the sun around constructed ponds at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various grasses including St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), wooly beard grass (Erianthus alopecturoides), and Echinochloa povietianum. Adult Food: Various pink, purple, or white flowers including shepherd's needle, selfheal, vervain, buttonbush, and lantana.