Wallengrenia otho

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Wallengrenia otho
Wallengrenia otho 2192021.jpg
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Hesperiini
Genus: Wallengrenia
Species: W. otho
Binomial name
Wallengrenia otho
(Smith, 1797)
  • Papilio otho Smith, 1797
  • Thymelicus otho
  • Thymelicus pustula Hübner, [1819] (nom. nud.)
  • Thymelicus pustula Geyer, 1832
  • Pamphila lacordairii Godman, 1900 (nom. nud.)
  • Catia jobrea Dyar, 1918
  • Hesperia drury Latreille, [1824]
  • Catia druryi
  • Oligoria drurii
  • Hesperia clavus Erichson, 1848
  • Pamphila helva Möschler, 1877
  • Hesperia curassavica Snellen, 1887
  • Pamphila winslowi Weeks, 1906
  • Hesperia mago Herrich-Schäffer, 1863
  • Wallengrenia misera
  • Hesperia gemma Plötz, 1883
  • Pamphila ravola Godman & Salvin, 1884
  • Wallengrenia opthites
  • Wallengrenia gemma

Wallengrenia otho, the southern broken dash, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from eastern Texas and the southeastern United States, south through the West Indies and Central America to Argentina. Strays can be found as far north as central Missouri, northern Kentucky and Delaware.

Wallengrenia otho ophites, male

The wingspan is 24–35 mm. Adults are on wing from April to October in two generations (sometimes a partial third) in most of North America. In peninsular Florida and southern Texas, adults are on wing all year round.

The larvae feed on Paspalum species and Stenotaphrum secundatum. Adults feed on the nectar from flowers including pickerelweed, selfheal and sweet pepperbush.


  • Wallengrenia otho otho (Georgia to Mexico and Brazil (Amazonas))
  • Wallengrenia otho drury (Latreille, [1824]) (Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico)
  • Wallengrenia otho clavus (Erichson, 1848) (Mexico to Brazil, Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela)
  • Wallengrenia otho misera (Lucas, 1857) (Cuba, Bahamas, Honduras)
  • Wallengrenia otho ophites (Mabille, 1878) (Antilles, Dominica)
  • Wallengrenia otho vesuria (Plötz, 1882) (Jamaica)
  • Wallengrenia otho sapuca Evans, 1955 (Paraguay)

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