GALLERIES > PLANTS AND TREES >
YUCCA [Yucca elata]
Location: Ramsey Canyon, AZGPS: 31.5N, -110.3W, elev=5,070' MAP
Date: July 30, 2009
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]
Family: Skippers (Hesperiidae)
Subfamily: Spread-wing Skippers (Pyrginae)
Identification: Forewing is pointed; lower half of hindwing has white fringe. Upperside is black-brown with very small, clear spots on the forewing. Male has a costal fold containing scent scales on the forewing. Underside is dark brown; hindwing with dark outlines instead of solid bands.
Life history: Not reported.
Flight: Several broods from April-August.
Wing span: 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inches (3.8 - 4.5 cm).
Caterpillar hosts: Cologania angustifolia and other Fabaceae.
Adult food: Flower nectar including that from Aloysia and Guardiola.
Habitat: Oak woodland, desert grassland, canyons, streamsides.
Range: Local and uncommon. Arizona to west Texas; south into Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NatureServe Global Status: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management needs: None reported.