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Butterflies of Mexico, USA & Canada
Arizona Mottled-Skipper
Codatractus arizonensis  SKINNER, 1905
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI
Codatractus arizonensis, Arizona, USA  Tony Hoare
Introduction
The subfamily Pyrginae are characterised by their habit of basking with wings outspread, compared to the half-open position favoured by the Hesperiinae. 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, Chioides and Typhedanus, and share many of their characteristics e.g. several species including carlos, alcaeus and 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 found in Arizona, Texas and northern Mexico.
Habitats
This species inhabits hot open scrubby habitats.
Lifecycle
The larval 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.
Adult behaviour
Males commonly imbibe moisture from damp ground. Both sexes take nectar from a wide variety of herbaceous flowers.
 

 

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