Anthoptus epictetus (Fabricius, 1793)

Common Name:
Trailside Skipper

Hesperia epictetus (Fabricius, 1793)

Cobalus nigritulus (Mabile, 1883)

Padraona epictatus missp. (W.F. Kirby, 1902)

epictelus missp. Raguso & Llorente, 1991

epictotus missp. Moreno et al. 1998

Natural History:

Are small butterflies but with strong body. Flying fast and are common in the undergrowth on the roadside, pasture and another open habitat. Reaches gap in the forest.  Males have wings with colors brown and yellow, in contrast to the only brown female.

Brasil: Amazonas; Costa Rica; México; Panamá
Occurence Period:

Abundant throughout the year

Feeding Adult:

In general feeding on nectar, occasionally are observed sucking excrements of birds.

Feeding Caterpillars:

Unidentified species of Gramineae recorded in Costa Rica; Bambusa vulgaris recorded as host-plant in Mexico.

brown, yellow
open, forest edge
Anthoptus epictetus

From dorsal - Male

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas.

Anthoptus epictetus

From dorsal - Female

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas