Acacia Skipper (Cogia hippalus [W. H. Edwards])
Wing span: 1 3/8 - 1 7/8 inches (3.5 - 4.8 cm).
Identification: Forewing fringes are checkered; hindwing fringes are white. Upperside is reddish brown; forewing has a band of conspicuous white spots. Underside of hindwing is brown with a lavender tinge and irregular gray bands.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: April-August in Texas and Arizona; through October in Mexico.
Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Canyons and washes in desert grassland and pinyon-juniper woodland.
Range: Brazil north through Central America to central Arizona, southwest New Mexico, and west Texas. A rare stray to the lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management needs: None reported.
Bailowitz, R. A., and J. P. Brock. 1991. Butterflies of southeastern Arizona. Sonoran Arthropod Studies, Inc., Tucson, Arizona. 342 pages. Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern butterflies. Peterson field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston. 396 pages, 48 color plates. Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates. Tilden, J. W. 1986. A field guide to western butterflies. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. 370 pages, 23 color plates.
Author: Jane M. Struttmann
State and Regional References:
Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass. Stanford, R.E. and P.A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of Western USA Butterflies. Privately published, Denver, Colo.