Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Codatractus arizonensis, Arizona, USA ©
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.
There are 14
species in the genus Codatractus,
distributed variously from the southern states of the USA to Ecuador
and Brazil. They are closely allied to Urbanus,
Typhedanus, and share many of their characteristics e.g.
several species including carlos,
aminias are tailed, and most have diagonal bands of hyaline
spots on the forewings, and marbled undersides.
The most widespread
and common species is alcaeus which can
be found from the USA to Ecuador.
Codatractus arizonensis is
in Arizona, Texas and northern Mexico.
inhabits hot open scrubby habitats.
foodplant is Eysenhardtia orthocarpa (
Fabaceae ). The fully grown larva is translucent green and has a
darker green line along the back. The head is brown, with 2
conspicuous yellow spots on the lower face.
imbibe moisture from damp ground. Both sexes take nectar from a wide
variety of herbaceous flowers.