Arogos Skipper

Atrytone arogos (Boisduval & Le Conte [1837])

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare resident

NENHP Ranking: S1, Tier 1

Range: Subspecies iowa inhabits prairies from central Minnesota south into Texas, ranging west into the foothills of the Rockies. Subspecies arogos occupies the east and gulf coasts. There are records from most of the state of Nebraska with the exception of the southern panhandle and southwest.

Broods/Flight Times: One or two broods depending on the latitude and season. Nebraska records are from mid-June to late August.

Larval Hostplant(s): Big bluestem – Andopogon gerardii

Habitat: This species inhabits higher quality prairies.

Found at: Rowe Sanctuary, Victoria Springs, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Cather Prairie (Webster Co), Limestone Bluffs SWMA (Franklin Co), Crane Meadows, Calamus Reservoir (Loup Co), Youngsen (Kearney Co) and Macon Lakes (Franklin Co) WPAs

Overwintering: As a partially grown caterpillar

Similar Species: Delaware and Ottoe Skippers

Notes: Arogos and Ottoe Skipper’s are Nebraska’s rarest prairie skippers often going unreported for years at a time from known localities. The presence (or lack of) these species have been cited as biological indicators for prairie quality.

Common Name, Location, Photographer
Arogos Skipper- male, dorsal
Arogos Skipper – female, dorsal
Arogos Skipper – side view

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