YUCCA GIANT-SKIPPER

Megathymus yuccae

Expected to occur throughout most of Alabama and the southern half of Mississippi.  Flies in the spring and always found near Yucca habitat; the caterpillars eat the leaves, burrow into the crown of the plant, and produce a "chimney" of silk at the opening of the burrow.  Large, blackish-brown skipper with frosting near the edge of the wings.  The upper surface of the wings has a yellow band that can partially be seen from the underside.

Adult - ventral

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Adult - ventral



Larval "chimney"

Adult - dorsal



Adult



Adult - ventral