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Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Polites
Species: vibex


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Houston, Texas

By catbird8
Thumbnail #1 of Whirlabout (Polites vibex) by catbird8

Member Notes:

Positive catbird8 On Jun 22, 2008, catbird8 from Houston, TX wrote:

The Whirlabout is similar to the Fiery. Notable difference is the underside hindwing spots are larger and fewer than those on the more common Fiery. Male above has very prominent black stigma. Mostly located in the Southeastern region, common to Florida and south Texas.

Maintains a jet-plane position when basking. Size is small, with forewing costa average lenght 5/8".

A challenge to photograph.

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