Hylephila phyleus on Cirsium texanum

Hylephila phyleus on Cirsium texanum


Texas Thistle is a food source for many butterlies, and this one is commonly known as Fiery Skipper. Hylephila phyleus typically uses various grasses as a host for its eggs and larva, including non-natives like St Augustine and Bermuda grasses. It can be distinguished from the other skipper butterflies by its orange color with dark splotches. Thistles are only one of many nectar sources that this butterfly will access.