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Golden-headed Scallopwing (Staphylus ceos)

This small black butterfly is distinguished by its golden orange head and black fringes on its slightly scalloped-edged wings. It is a delight to watch from spring to fall in desert valleys and canyons. They perch frequently with their wings almost always open and the males commonly patrol areas in search of females. This is a unique skipper to observe and is sure to be enjoyed by everyone who has the opportunity.

Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Subfamily: Spread-wing Skipper (Pyrginae)

Average Wingspan: 1" - 1 1/8"

Habitat: Deserts, Canyons, Sandy Areas

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Golden-headed Scallopwing Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
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