Eufala Skipper
Lerodea eufala

Small butterfly measuring up to 1 1/4" in length. The upperside is gray-brown in color with 3-5 small transparent spots. The male has no stigma. The underside is brown with a heavy gray overscaling (rarely with faint spots).The caterpillar is green with green and yellow stripes and a head that is cream on top and brownish orange underneath.
North America, West Indies, Central America, South America
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
Year-round in Florida.
Open, sunny areas such as road edges and lawns.
Several broods throughout the year in Florida. Cream colored eggs are laid on or near the host plants.
Natural History:
Caterpillars make shelter out of rolled leaves. Adults are easily observed as they pause to perch and nectar.
Caterpillars feed on leaves of host plants. Larval host plants include the nonnative Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum), and Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense). Nectar plants include the native narrowleaf yellowtops (Flaveria linearis) and weedy native Spanish-needles (Bidens alba var. radiata).
For more information, visit Butterflies and Moths of North America.

Mary Keim