Overview

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North American Ecology (US and Canada)

Polites vibes is a year-round resident along the eastern U.S. coast from Virginia south through Florida, along the Gulf Coast to southern Texas, and south to Argentina and the Greater and Lesser Antilles. This species is migratory in some parts of its range, straying north to Ontario and Iowa (Scott 1986). Habitats are Gulf coast and coastal plain grassy areas. Host plants are grass species Cynodon dactylon and Paspalum setaceum. Larvae feed mostly nocturnally. There are multiple flights all year in southern Florida and Texas, and between March 1-Oct. 31 in the more northern part of their range (Scott 1986).
  • Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press.
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Distribution

occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations

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National Distribution

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Year-round

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Ecology

Habitat

Comments: A variety of mostly coastal plain grassy habitats wehre resident; usually seen in gardens northward.

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Migration

Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.

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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Males perch for females (Scott, 1986).
  • Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Polites vibex

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Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 19
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

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United States

Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure

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Wikipedia

Polites vibex

The Whirlabout[1] (Polites vibex) is a butterfly in the Hesperiidae family. It is resident from southeastern U.S. to the West Indies and Argentina, migrating northward to Ohio and Connecticut, and rarel in Ontario.[2]

The wingspan is 26–30 mm.[2]

It flies all year in the extreme south, and migrates north in late summer and fall.[2]

The larvae feed on Paspalum ciliatifolium and Poaceae sp.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b Polites, funet.fi
  2. ^ a b c d Whirlabout, Butterflies of Canada
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