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.
A late Brazilian feeding on Lantana. Note the dull whitish color of the spots.
Dare Co., NC 11/6/05.
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.