Species Page: Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)


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.

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

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

Overwintering: Not in our area.

Habitat: Cosmopolitan – found anywhere on flowers.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 5/8 inches

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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.

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