Achalarus toxeus

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Achalarus toxeus
Coyote cloudywing (Achalarus toxeus) dorsal.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Achalarus
Species: A. toxeus
Binomial name
Achalarus toxeus
(Plötz, 1882)
  • Aethilla toxeus Plötz, 1882
  • Eudamus coyote Skinner, 1892
  • Murgaria albociliata var. nigrociliata Mabille & Boullet, 1912
  • Thorybes coyote Dyar, 1903
  • Achalarus negrociliata dos Passos, 1964

Achalarus toxeus, the coyote cloudywing or coyote skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Panama, north through Central America and Mexico to central Texas. Strays can be found up to southern Arizona.

Coyote cloudywing (Achalarus toxeus) ventral.jpg

The wingspan is 42–50 mm. Adults are on wing from February to November. There are three generations per year.

The caterpillars feed on young leaves of Ebenopsis ebano. Adults feed on flower nectar.


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