Yucca Giant-Skipper

Zebra Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail
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Spicebush Swallowtail
Palamedes Swallowtail
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Falcate Orangetip
Clouded Sulphur
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Southern Dogface
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Eastern Tailed-Blue
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Variegated Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary
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Question Mark
Eastern Comma
Mourning Cloak
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American Lady
Red Admiral
Common Buckeye
Goatweed Leafwing
Red-spotted Purple
Viceroy hybrid
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Southern Pearly Eye
Creole Pearly Eye
Appalachian Brown
Helicta Satyr
Gemmed Satyr
Carolina Satyr
Little Wood-Satyr
Common Wood Nymph
Silver-spotted Skipper
Long-tailed Skipper
Golden-banded Skipper
Hoary Edge
Southern Cloudywing
Northern Cloudywing
Confused Cloudywing
Hayhurst's Scallopwing
Sleepy Duskywing
Juvenal's Duskywing
Horace's Duskywing
Zarucco Duskywing
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Common/White Checkered-Skipper
Tropical Checkered-Skipper
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Swarthy Skipper
Clouded Skipper
Least Skipper
Southern Skipperling
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Tawny-edged Skipper
Crossline Skipper
Southern Broken Dash
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Little Glassywing
Delaware Skipper
Byssus Skipper
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Pepper and Salt Skipper
Common Roadside-Skipper
Bell's Roadside-Skipper
Dusky Roadside-Skipper
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper
Eufala Skipper
Twin-spot Skipper
Brazilian Skipper
Ocola Skipper
Cofaqui Giant-Skipper
Yucca Giant-Skipper
Yucca Giant-Skipper (adult emerging)
December 2007
February 2008
Photos from elsewhere in Georgia.
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Megathymus yuccae

Below-Individual one of four seen
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(Talbot) 4-6-05

(Upson) April 1, 2007

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(Talbot) March 19, 2007 (two or three were seen)

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(Meriwether) 4-12-05

Below- One of three seen.
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YUCCA SKIPPER-(Upson) Sprewell Bluff State Park 4-13-05

Yucca Giant-Skippers are fairly common in some locations. 
Flight:  Mainly mid to late March through mid-April.
Distribution:  Throughout.
Wingspan:  2 5/8 in.
Between 12 noon and 2 p.m., males will often perch conspicuously in the open on yucca leaves and stalks, dead stumps and twigs, or fallen leaves on the ground. 
The caterpillar is tea-colored with a reddish-brown head during the first few months and becomes whiter with time.   As it consumes the tuber, it creates in the process, an ever deeper tunnel in which to reside.  Droppings are expelled through the center of the plant where they begin to accumulate.  Later, the larva prepares a protective chimney of silk several inches long, which protrudes from the plant and is often called a "tent".  Inside, the chrysalis can move up or down.  After emerging, the butterfly will hold on to it as it readies its wings (see photos on next page). 

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March 21, 2007 (Talbot)

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From the caterpillar shown, it emerged on April 16, 2008.

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(Talbot) 4-6-05

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Eggs- photo by Jerry and Rose Payne

Taken, raised, and released. See following page.
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Caterpillar (Talbot) June 2004

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Same as above, 2004.

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(Upson) January 2008

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Empty chrysalis shell.

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Plant with signs.