Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Anatrytone logan male, Massachusetts,
In the Americas there are 2365 known species of
Hesperiidae. These are split into 5 subfamilies i.e. Pyrrhopyginae,
Heteropterinae, Megathyminae, Pyrginae and Hesperiinae.
Hesperiines of which there are about 1040 species, are known as
Grass Skippers because their larvae feed on grasses, bamboos and
Anatrytone comprises of 8 species,
variously distributed from the USA to Argentina and Paraguay. Visual
diagnostics of Anatrytone include a
golden yellow underside, unmarked apart from a series of tiny black
marginal dots; and a sharply angled hindwing costa. The uppersides
of both sexes of all species have a golden-yellow ground colour,
heavily marked with dark brown. In most species there is a suffused
broad dark brown margin to both wings, and the forewing discal cell
and costa are also dark brown.
is distributed across the central and eastern states of the USA.
This species is
found in subtropical and temperate areas, in meadows, woodland
glades, riverbanks and other areas where the foodplants grow tall
The eggs are laid
singly on the blades of grasses including
Andropogon, Erianthus and
Panicum. the bluish-white larva lives
within a shelter constructed by rolling a grass blade and sealing it
with silk. It moves to another shelter after each moult. Pupation
takes place in the final leaf shelter.
Males perch on
grass blades where they await and intercept passing females. Both
sexes nectar at a wide variety of plants, favouring pink-flowered