Aegiale hesperiaris

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Aegiale hesperiaris
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Genus: Aegiale
C.Felder & R.Felder, 1860
A. hesperiaris
Binomial name
Aegiale hesperiaris
(Walker, 1856)


  • Acentrocneme C.Felder & R.Felder, 1862 (repl. name)
  • Teria P.Blásquez & I.Blásquez, 1870
  • Acentrocneme Scudder, 1875


  • Castnia hesperiaris Walker, 1856
  • Aegiale kollari C.Felder & R.Felder, 1860
  • Teria agavis P.Blásquez & I.Blásquez, 1865

Aegiale hesperiaris is a butterfly commonly known as the tequila giant skipper. It is monotypic in the genus Aegiale. Its caterpillar is one of two varieties of edible "maguey worms" that infest maguey (Agave americana) and Agave tequilana plants.[1][unreliable source?][2][unreliable source?]

The white maguey worm, known as meocuiles, are caterpillars of this species.[3][unreliable source?]

It usually is found in regions of Central Mexico, on the leaves of family Agavaceae plants, such as: Agave tequilana and Agave americana (maguey). They are not found on cacti, as is often erroneously reported. The butterflies deposit their eggs at the heart of the leaves of agaves. The larvae then eat the flesh of the agave stems and roots, sometimes boring out the agave completely.


  1. ^ "babelfish". Archived from the original on 2007-04-27.
  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2017-11-09.
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