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Butterflies of North America -- Autochton cincta

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Chisos Banded-Skipper (Autochton cincta)
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Chisos Banded-Skipper (Autochton cincta Plötz)

Wing span: Not reported.

Identification: Upperside of wings is dark brown; forewing has a narrow white band. Hindwing fringe is pure white.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: Probably several from March-September.

Caterpillar hosts: Beggar's ticks (Desmodium) in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Oak-pine woodlands.

Range: Chisos Mountains of west Texas south to El Salvador.

Conservation: Populations in Big Bend National Park should be monitored and conserved.

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.

References:

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

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Chisos Banded-Skipper (Autochton cincta)
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