Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.
Monday, September 28, 2015
September 2015 Butterfly Bucket List - Fiery Skipper
Bug Guide. Ladies and gents, I'm pleased to introduce Mr. Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus).
Grass Skipper (Hesperiinae), this little guy may have been a caterpillar in our own small patch of residual St. Augustine, however it is just as likely he was laid as an egg and then fed on as a caterpillar any of a number of Bermuda clumps I'm constantly finding. Or crab grass.
Common here due to mild winters and lots (and LOTS!) of grassy areas, the eggs are laid individually on grass stems, which the caterpillar rolls and lays out horizontally for protection. After pupating, males tend to stake out likely areas to attract females, while the ladies take off in search of Mr. Right.