Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia [H. A. Freeman])
Wing span: 15/16 - 1 1/8 inches (2.4 - 2.9 cm).
Identification: Upperside is dark brown; forewing has 2-5 pale spots; hindwing is unmarked. Underside of hindwing is yellow-brown and veins are the same color, not paler.
Life history: To await females, males perch all day in grassy swales.
Flight: Throughout the year in South Texas, April-October elsewhere.
Caterpillar hosts: Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon).
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Stream banks, grassy ditches, moist grassy places, fields, open areas in scrub woodlands, lawns, flower gardens.
Range: South Texas south to central Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management needs: None reported.
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Author: Jane M. Struttmann