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A Eufala skipper, Lerodea eufala, feeding on nectar from a prickly pear cactus blossom with a honey bee doing the same.Family: Hesperiidae.Subfamily: Hsperlinae.Wingspan: 1 -1 1/4 inches (2.5 -3.2 cm).This skipper was found on the South Crest Trail in the Sandia Mountains.  Eggs are laid singly on or near the host plants.  Caterpillars eat leaves including, Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense), Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), and sugar cane (Saccharum offincinarum) and make shelters of rolled or tied leaves.  Butterflies feed on nectar of flowering plants.  Not an endangered species, butterflies are important pollinators that help tremendously in the pollination cycle.
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