Byssus Skipper

Problema byssus (W. H. Edwards, 1880)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare local resident in the southeastern corner of the state

NENHP Ranking: S1, Tier 1

Range: Found in two disjointed populations – southeastern United States and midwest prairies from Indiana to Kansas. In Nebraska it has been found in southeastern counties.

Broods/Flight Times: A single flight in late June/early July

Larval Hostplant(s): Eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides)

Habitat: Intimately tied to areas with its hostplant

Found at: Kinter’s Ford SWMA

Overwintering: As fourth instar larvae in leaf shelters

Similar Species:

Notes: Nebraska records for this skipper are at the very northwestern corner of its range in the US

Byssus Skipper, Kinter’s Ford SWMA, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Byssus Skipper – female dorsal
Byssus Skipper – female ventral
Byssus Skipper – male dorsal
Byssus Skipper – male ventral

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