Brazilian Skipper Calpodes ethlius (Stoll, 1782)  Synonyms: Hodges #4115.

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Brazilian Skipper is a very rare vagrant to Maryland. This big, powerful skipper is a strong flier, and often disperses far north of its breeding range, which includes Florida, west along the Gulf into Texas (Brock & Kaufman, 2003). As in Cape May, New Jersey, summer 2018 saw several Maryland records, which may be related to the nursery trade, natural expansion, or a combination of factors.

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Uses canna species in its breeding range and now caterpillars have been documented on canna in Maryland.

There are 6 records in the project database.

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A Brazilian Skipper reared from a caterpillar collected in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/26/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper reared from a caterpillar collected in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/7/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper in Prince George's Co., Maryland (9/18/2018). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper caterpillar on Canna in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/31/2018). Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper caterpillar collected in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/7/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper caterpillar collected in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/7/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper caterpillar collected in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/7/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper chrysalis reared from a caterpillar collected in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/19/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper larva in Howard Co., Maryland (10/9/2018). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper in Hidalgo Co., Texas (11/2/2010). Photo by Terry Hibbitts. (MBP list)

A Brazilian Skipper in Hildago Co., Texas (11/2/2010). Photo by Terry Hibbitts. (MBP list)


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