Species Page: Byssus Skipper (Problema byssus)

Byssus Skipper

Problema byssus (W. H. Edwards, 1880)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare local resident

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.

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

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

Overwintering: As fourth instar larvae in leaf shelters.

Habitat: Intimately tied to areas with its hostplant.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 7/16 – 1 13/16 inches

Found at: Kinter’s Ford SWMA

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