BRAZILIAN SKIPPER

Calpodes ethlius

Expected to occur in the southern half of both states, this species appears to expand its range northward throughout the summer.  The caterpillar feeds on Canna lilies, which they cut to form leaf flaps.  The adults are large skippers, are strong fliers, and are often more active at dawn and dusk.  The lower surface of the wings are reddish brown with glassy white spots on the hindwing.  The upper surface of the wings are darker brown with large glassy white spots on the forewing.

Adult - ventral

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Caterpillar

Adult - dorsal

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Adult - ventral


Caterpillar

Chrysalis

Chrysalis

Recently emerged Adult