Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - HESPERIIDAE
female, © Peter
There are at least 1038 different species of Grass Skippers found in
the neotropical region. Many are a very plain dark brown or fuscous
colour, while others are marked with orange streaks and blotches on
a dark brown ground colour.
All members of the subfamily Hesperiinae are sexually dimorphic -
males being distinguished by the presence of a dark streak of
androconial scales on the upperside of the forewing. In
Anthoptus the dimorphism is extreme -
males are very dark chocolate in colour, while females are marked
with streaks and patches of golden-orange.
The genus Anthoptus comprises of 5
known species, of which epictetus is
the commonest and most widespread, being found from Mexico to Peru
This species can be found in almost any grassy habitat including
riverbanks, forest glades, edges and clearings, fields, pastures and
roadsides, at altitudes between sea level and at least 800m.
male on right,
© Peter Bruce-Jones
To be completed.
butterflies are very active in sunshine, but can often be found at
rest during overcast weather, or very early in the day, when they sit
on herbage with wings held in the typical Hesperiine posture.