Nastra julia life history
Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia) Life History


10-19-09, first specimen

11-1-09, second specimen

face of first specimen

10-28-09, first chrysalis

11-6-09, ready to emerge

11-7-09, fresh Julia's Skipper

11-7-09, dorsal of the fresh skipper

Guinea Grass (Panicum maximum) is a problematic invasive species that is crowding out native plants throughout the Rio Grande Valley. However, the small bit of good news is that at least two grass skippers do use it as a host plant. I have seen Clouded Skippers ovipositing on it, and pictured to the right are two Julia's Skipper caterpillar that also used it.

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