Chiomara asychis

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Chiomara asychis
White-patched skipper (Chiomara asychis) ventral.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Erynnini
Genus: Chiomara
Species: C. asychis
Binomial name
Chiomara asychis
(Stoll, [1780])
Synonyms
  • Papilio asychis Stoll, [1780]
  • Ephyriades asychis
  • Hesperia asychis
  • Achlyodes asychis
  • Phythonides dilucida Möschler, 1877
  • Ephyriades palica Mabille, 1888
  • Pyrgus georgina Reakirt, 1868
  • Chiomara georgina

Chiomara asychis, the white-patched skipper or white patch, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Argentina, north through tropical America to the West Indies and southern Texas. Strays can be found as far north as southern Arizona, Nevada and Kansas.

White-patched skipper (Chiomara georgina).jpg

The wingspan is 29-38 mm. Three to four generations occur, with adults on wing throughout the year in southern Texas.

The larvae feed on Malpighia glabra in Texas and on Gaudichaudia pentandra in Mexico. Adults feed on flower nectar.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Chiomara asychis asychis (Surinam)
  • Chiomara asychis autander (Argentina)
  • Chiomara asychis georgina (Mexico)
  • Chiomara asychis grenada (Grenada)
  • Chiomara asychis pelagica (Mexico - Baja California Sur)
  • Chiomara asychis simon (Colombia)
  • Chiomara asychis vincenta (St. Vincent)
  • Chiomara asychis zania (Peru)

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