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Mangrove Skipper
Mangrove Skipper  

The mangrove skipper butterfly, phocides pigmalion, is aptly named. It lives in and about mangrove forests and its larval offspring use mangroves — particular red mangroves — as its host. It's fairly large as butterflies go, with a wingspan between two and two-and-a-half inches. Its range extends between peninsular Florida and Argentina, although it wanders occasionally as far north as South Carolina. Butterflies and Moths of North

Mangrove Skipper

 
 
A mangrove skipper dining on the nectar of lantana.
Mangrove Skipper
America describe the mangrove skipper as a fast and powerful flyer. The white face and electric blue dots on the hind wing identify the mangrove skipper. These butterflies were spotted at Bahia Honda State Park in the lower Florida Keys.
 
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