Pigmy skipper

Gegenes pumilio pumilio

A skipper with a wingspan of 25-30 mm, the front wings are pointed, males are a darker brown and lack any markings while females have a number of white spots. This species prefers drier habitats such as coastal dunes, farmland, low scrub, sandy riversides, stony hillsides, grassy slopes, dry gullies, ravines, and semi-desert. Host plants include members of the grass family (Graminae) such as Bermuda-grass (Cynodon dactylon), hyparrhenia (Hyparrhenia hirta), and cylindrical hare’s-tail (Imperata cylindrica). It flies April through late October, the flight is fast, powerful, and close to the ground, nearly “mothlike” when perched and basking on stones or bare soil.

 

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