Two-spotted Skipper

Euphyes bimacula (Grote & Robinson, 1867)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: uncommon local resident

NENHP Ranking: S3, Tier 1

Range: This species is found from Nebraska and Minnesota east to Atlantic coast and then south to Alabama. In Nebraska it is found north of the Platte River.

Broods/Flight Times: One midsummer flight in mid-June through mid-July

Larval Hostplant(s): Sedges (Carex sp)

Habitat: Found in wet meadows/ditches and riparian areas

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve

Overwintering: As a partially grown caterpillar

Similar Species:

Notes: white scaling on the ventral hindwing veins are a good identifying trait for this species. Lack of wetlands seems to have restricted its range to areas north of the Platte River. It has not been found in any of the rainwater basins.

Two-spotted Skipper, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Two-spotted Skipper – female dorsal
Two-spotted Skipper – male dorsal
ventral – note white scaling on hindwing veins

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