Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)

Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)

Very active large skippers, Brazilians rarely sit still long enough for a photograph. They are like a larger version of the Twin-spot Skipper in this respect. Though the caterpillars feed on Canna, adults may wander far from the nearest host plant.

Tinga Nursery, New Hanover Co., NC 8/28/04.

The translucent windows in the wings are more obvious when backlit.

Eagle Island, Brunswick Co., NC 8/24/02.

Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)

A late Brazilian feeding on Lantana. Note the dull whitish color of the spots.

Dare Co., NC 11/6/05.

Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)

The same skipper, but from a slightly different angle. This time the spots appear orange - the color of the Lantana is shining through.

Brazilian Skipper caterpillars are very strange looking, with see-through skin.

Boca Raton, Palm Beach Co., FL 6/28/10.

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