Photo Life History: Copaeodes aurantiacus
Host Plants: Cynodon dactylon
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Nectaring techniques
Methods of Female Oviposition: Portable Cages; Getting eggs out of females has proven to be the most effective way of rearing this skipper.)
How to Find Eggs: Look on grass blades. Finding eggs can be difficult if host grasses are too common.
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: Look for Caterpillar Strip Patterns (Click on link and scroll to the bottom of the page to see examples of skipperling caterpillars making zig-zag chew marks. This feeding pattern is diagonostic for skippers such as Lerodea eufala, Thymelicus linneola, Oarisima garita, Copaeodes aurantiacus, and likely many others.
Larva to Pupa:
How to Find Pupae in the Field:
Number of Broods per Year: 2 to 4; depending upon location.
Avoiding Diapause Techniques: Provide larvae healthy host plant. They should go through in the lab.
Emergence: Emergence Container
Field Notes: Jim Brock has noted that C. aurantiacus fifth instar larvae will make a conspicuous zig zag chew mark on host grasses.