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Guava Skipper

About Guava Skipper

The Guava Skipper is found through southern and central America. Its habitat is tropical forest. Its time of flight is daytime. As a caterpillar, it is red with yellow rings and becomes white with a yellow and brown head as it grows. As a butterfly, the Guava Skipper is black with a metallic green tint to its wings. There are 2 distinct reddish-orange spots on the front edge of the forewings, one on each side midway between the head and the tip of the wings. The body also has a few metallic green stripes from head to tail. The Guava Skipper has very angular wings with the forewings wider and becoming smaller towards the hindwings. This angular wing shape makes the Guava Skipper more distinctive from other similar species. The Guava Skipper feeds mainly on guava but also feeds on other related plants.