Hylephila phyleus: Fiery skipper

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The Fiery Skipper [Hylephila phyleus] is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae and are approximately 1 inch [2.5 cm] long. The males are orange or yellow with black spots while the females are dark brown with orange or yellow spots. The caterpillars are greenish pink with a black head. The caterpillars are often considered pests and can feed on bermuda grass, creeping bent grass, and St. Augustine grass.

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Fiery skippers, along with all other species of skippers and skipperlings, can hold their wings in “triangle” shape. The forewings are held upright, and the hindwings are folded flat. This position is thought to better absorb the sun’s rays.

Photos: Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, GA.[20130901]; Chamblee, Georgia, USA [20140807]

Source: Wikipedia

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