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