Photo Life History: Lerodea eufala
Host Plants: Cynodon dactylon; Sorghum halepense
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Nectaring techniques
How to Find Eggs: Look on grass blades of host plant.
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container.
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: Finding fifth instar caterpillars is the most effective and practical strategy for rearing the eufala skipper. Look for unique and conspicuous skipper nests; especially their unique zig zag chew marks.
Larva to Pupa: Fifth instar larva will silk the grass blade and pupate right on the leaf. The greenish color of the pupa does make it conspicuous to a point.
How to Find Pupae in the Field: Again, fifth instar larva will silk the grass blade and pupate right on the leaf.
Number of Broods per Year: Multiple.
Avoiding Diapause Techniques:
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every four to five days.
Emergence: Emergence Container
Field Notes: Larval shelters are conspicuous and easily found on Sorghum halepense growing in canals in Agricultural areas in Washington County, Utah (St. George) as well as in and near Mesquite, Clark County, Nevada. Also found larvae along dry canals in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona as well as on smaller lawn grasses in Irving, Texas.