campestris

Sachem

Atalopedes campestris (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Common to abundant breeding stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This southern species survives winters from southern California to Georgia. From there is strays northward nearly to the Canadian border.

Broods/Flight Times: Found in the state from early May through mid November

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses including Cynodon dactylonFestuca rubraDigitaria sanguinalisEleosin indica.

Habitat: Cosmopolitan – found anywhere on flowers

Found at: Everywhere

Overwintering: Not in our area

Similar Species:

Notes: The Sachem is often nearly the only skipper present after Labor Day. Males are easily identified by the large blocky stigma on the dorsal forewing.

Male Sachem, Kearney, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Sachem – female, dorsal
Sachem – female, ventral
Sachem – male, dorsal
Sachem – male, ventral

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