Red-studded Skipper (Noctuana stator [Godman])
Wing span: 1 - 1 1/3 inches (2.5 - 3.3 cm).
Identification: Forewings pointed. Upper surface blackish brown mottled with black. Dark bar across forewing tip, blackish smudge in middle of hindwing.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: Several flights all year in Mexico.
Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.
Adult food: Flower nectar or bird droppings.
Habitat: Shady tropical woods.
Range: Mexico south to Central America. Rare stray to southern Texas.
Comment: Photographed at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Hidalgo Co., Texas in late 1999. Species information not readily available.
Conservation: Not necessary for a rare stray.
The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: Not yet ranked. Probably G5.
Management needs: None reported.
Godman, F.D. 1899-1901. Biologioa Centrali-Americana. Insecta. London, Dulau.
Author: Paul A. Opler