Mexico, USA & Canada
Common Banded Skipper
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI
© Adrian Hoskins
subfamily Pyrginae are characterised by their habit of basking with
wings outspread, compared to the half-open position favoured by the
tribe Eudamini includes 44 genera in the Americas, amongst which are
the Long-tailed Skippers Urbanus,
Aguna; and other familiar genera including
Autochton, Astraptes and
The genus Autochton,
previously known as Cecropterus,
comprises of 13 smallish species which are characterised by having
chocolate brown wings that bear a single white or creamy median
band, and either 2 or 3 tiny apical spots. Most species also have a
whitish margin to the hindwings. They can be distinguished by
differences in the shape of the median band, the configuration and
number of apical spots, and the pattern on the underside hindwings.
Autochton neis is the commonest and
most widespread species in the genus, found from Mexico to Bolivia.
This species occurs in forest edge habitats at altitudes between sea
level and about 1500 metres.
are usually encountered singly, and normally seen basking with wings
outspread on low foliage.