North American Ecology (US and Canada)
occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations
Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Comments: A variety of mostly coastal plain grassy habitats wehre resident; usually seen in gardens northward.
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.
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Polites vibex
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 19
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure
The Whirlabout (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. The wingspan is 26–30 mm. It flies all year in the extreme south, and migrates north in late summer and fall.
P. v. praeceps mating in Tobago
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