Neamathla Skipper (Nastra neamathla [Skinner & R. C. Williams])
Wing span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Identification: Upperside is brown with no markings. Underside of forewing is black at the base and yellow-brown on the remainder of the wing; hindwing is yellow-brown with no pale scales on the veins.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: Three broods from February-October.
Caterpillar hosts: Probably grasses.
Adult food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Marsh edges and other open, moist areas.
Range: Southeast Texas, peninsular Florida and the Keys, south to Costa Rica. Strays to southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
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