Dotted Skipper

Hesperia attalus (W. H. Edwards, 1871)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Extirpated resident – no NE records since 1922

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Found from southern Kansas into Texas and on the east coast from New York to Mississippi. In Nebraska the only records are from Douglas County.

Broods/Flight Times: Two flights in Kansas, June to early July, and late August to mid-September. Nebraska records were from June 17 – 21.

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses: Bouteloua curtipendula, Pancium virgatum and Aristida species.

Habitat: Prairie areas

Found at:

Overwintering: As larvae in partially buried leaf shelters

Similar Species:

Notes: R. A. Leussler (1939) reports this species from Omaha – one female on June 21, 1913 and two females and a male on June 17, 1922. Those records are the northernmost for the central United States population (which normally is not found north of southern Kansas and southwestern Missouri). It should not be expected in the state again.

Common Name, Location, Photographer
Dotted Skipper – female, dorsal
Dotted Skipper – female, ventral
Dotted Skipper – male, dorsal
Dotted Skipper – male, ventral

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