Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Ludo Grass Skipper
Family - HESPERIIDAE
cloudforest, 1700m, Peru ©
There are at least 1038 known species of of Grass Skippers (
Hesperiinae ) found in the neotropical region.
The genus Lento comprises of 19
described species found variously from Mexico to Argentina.
Lento ludo is distributed from Ecuador
This species was photographed by the roadside, at an altitude of
about 1700m in the cloudforests of the eastern Andes in southern
Unknown, however the lifecycle will probably be similar to that of
other Hesperiine skippers :
eggs are typically laid on the sheaths or blades of grasses. The
larvae almost certainly shelter by day within a silked tube at the
base of grasses, and emerge at dusk to feed on a variety of grasses
( most Hesperiine larvae progress from finer grasses to coarser
species as they mature ). They are likely to be greenish in colour
with fine longitudinal lines and will possess caudal prongs - a pair
of short anal projections that are used to flick the droppings clear
of the feeding site.
observations other than that the butterfly was active at mid-morning
in hazy sunlight, and was found nectaring at the unidentified flowers
in the photograph above.