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Millet skipper – LEPIDOPTERA LIBANOTICA

Millet skipper

Pelopidas thrax thrax

A larger of the skippers with a wingspan of 42-51 mm, resembles the peaty and pigmy but larger with hooked antennae and yellow spots on the forewings, which are pointed. Also called the “white branded swift,” the millet lives in a variety of habitat types, such as coastal dunes, farmland, riversides, grassland, wet woodland, meadows, and stony slopes. Host plants include the cylindrical hare’s-tail (Imperata cylindrica) and panic-grasses (Panicum spp.). This migratory butterfly flies May through October, the flight is fast, active, and close to the ground.

Photographs

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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