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Faceted Skipper (Synapte syraces (incl. shiva))
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Faceted Skipper (Synapte syraces Godman)

Wing span: Not reported.

Identification: Upperside is dark brown with orange patches. Underside of forewing is similar to upperside; hindwing is mottled brown and gray with a dark triangular area on the leading edge.

Life history: Adults fly swiftly, most often in the afternoon. Adults rest with their wings closed, but bask with hindwings open wide and forewings open to about 45 degrees. Males perch to find receptive females. Caterpillars live in shelters of silked leaves.

Flight: August in southern Arizona, much of the year in Mexico.

Caterpillar hosts: Not reported; probably grasses, sedges, or rushes.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Subtropical.

Range: El Salvador north through Mexico. One stray from Mexico was reported in southern Arizona.

Conservation: Not required for a rare stray.

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.


Bailowitz, R. A., and J. P. Brock. 1991. Butterflies of southeastern Arizona. 
     Sonoran Arthropod Studies, Inc., Tucson, Arizona. 342 pages.

Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, 
     Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Stanford, R. E. and P. A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of western USA butterflies including 
     adjacent parts of Canada and Mexico. Denver and Fort Collins, CO. 

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Faceted Skipper (Synapte syraces (incl. shiva))
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