Orange Skipperling

Copaeodes aurantiacus

Photo Copaeodes aurantiacus © by Mike Plagens

This little butterfly was observed on the Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona. 04 August 2020. The flowers belong to Cat-claw Mimosa.

A common, fiery orange skipper with barely 25 mm wingspan. Normally they alight with wings partly folded over their back. They land frequently on the soil or on flowers.

In the Sonoran Desert they frequently inhabit riparian zones and canyons where there are grasses growing along the terraces. They can be found pretty much throughout the year. The caterpillar feeds on grasses and has been reared on Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon).

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 4 May 2009,
updated 3 July 2021.