to Doug Dawn--unidentified butterfly
gochfeld at eohsi.rutgers.edu
Thu May 11 08:56:27 EDT 2000
Common Checkered Skipper could certainly be in the Philadelphia area at
this time of year (although some say that it shouldn't arrive until July
because it is not supposed to be resident this far north).
It's larval hosts include a variety of species in the Malvaceae
including Common Mallow, Hollyhock, etc. John Yrizarry reported that it
can use Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasi) in southern NY.
In New Brunswick NJ, We have a persistent colony of Checkered Skipper in
an area where NONE of these reported hosts have been identified. The
colony has persisted for six years. MIKE GOCHFELD
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