Hammock Skipper Butterfly
Polygonus leo
Family Hesperiidae, Subfamily Pyrginae


Photo courtesy (c) Rayner Nunez, Butterflies of Cuba

Identification: Hindwing is lobed. Upperside is black-brown with three square white spots. Underside of hindwing is brown with a blue sheen and a black spot near the base.  Wingspan is approximately 1.5 to 2 inches.

When inactive, adults usually rest upside down on the underside of leaves. They are most active on sunny days, but fly mostly in the shade. In the Escambia region the skipper appears to have a special fondness for Lantana and Chaste flowers. Several broods take flight from May to September, but in southern Florida broods are known to fly throughout the year. The caterpillar preferred host plant is dogwood and legumes. The preferred habitat of the Hammock Skipper is openings and trails near small streams and sub-tropical woods.

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