Obscure Skipper
Panoquina panoquinoides

Small butterfly measuring up to 1 1/4" in length. The wings are dull brown in color, the upperside may have a few pale spots, and the underside is plain brown with 3 pale spots.
North America, West Indies, Central America, South America
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
Dunes, salt marshes, and open fields.
Two broods from February to December in Florida. Eggs are laid on the host and on other plants.
Natural History:
Caterpillars feed at night and shelter in rolled leaves during the day.
Caterpillars feed on leaves of host plants. Larval host plants include the native saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) and seashore dropseed (Sporobolus virginicus) and the nonnative Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) and sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum), . Nectar plants include the native blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum), narrowleaf yellowtops (Flaveria linearis), and twining soldierbush (Myriopus volubilis).
For more information, visit Butterflies and Moths of North America.

Mary Keim