Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - HESPERIIDAE
are 1237 described species of Hesperiine ( grass-feeding skippers )
in the neotropical region, and probably at least another 100 still
The genus Vettius is quite easy to
recognise, as the underside hindwings of several species have
distinctive stripes, and the forewings are marked with a unique
configuration of small hyaline spots.
This species is
named after Marcus Vettius Bolanus - the Roman soldier and
politician who became governor of Britain in AD 69. His rule was
short-lived, being succeeded by Quintus Petillius Cerealis in AD 71.
There are many butterfly species named after Roman or Greek
Vettius marcus is distributed from
Mexico to Bolivia.
This species is found in disturbed forest-edge habitats, including
clearings, riverbanks, roadsides and sunny trails. It seems to be
most frequent in the vicinity of small streams, and occurs at
altitudes between about 200-1800m.
© Adrian Hoskins
The butterflies are usually
encountered as singletons, basking with wings half-open on low growing