Photo Life History: Systasea zampa
Habitat: Lower Sonoran Desert
How to Find Female Butterflies: Click here.
How to Care for Live Female Butterflies: Click here.
Methods of Female Oviposition:
How to Find Eggs: Look on host plants with new growth.
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container
How to Find Pupae in the Field: Look for Skipper Nests. Like many spread-wing skippers, Arizona powdered skippers will pupate in their nests.
Larva to Pupa: Unknown. Larva Changes Color from light green to whitish prior to hibernating. Larvae going through will just pupate.
Number of Broods per Year: 2-4; depending upon location and season.
Overwintering Stage: Mature Fifth Instar Larva
Avoiding Diapause Techniques: Healthy host plant. If you feed SE Arizona populations with fresh host plant, larvae will pupate instead of diapausing.
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every four or five days.
Emergence: Emergence Container
Field Notes: Even though Arizona powdered skippers fly in a unique habitat of the lower sonoran desert, larvae can be reared on common mallows such as holly hock or cheese weed. Globe mallows may very well work as well even though this hasn't been proven.