Colorado Skipper

Hesperia colorado (Scudder, 1874)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Local resident

NENHP Ranking: S3, Tier 2

Range: Various subspecies inhabit most of the western United States from central Alaska south in to Arizona and New Mexico as well as the northern United States and southern Canada from coast to coast. In Nebraska it has been found in the western third of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: One late summer flight, mid-August into early September

Larval Hostplant(s): Various native prairie grasses

Habitat: Mixed and short grass prairies

Found at: Ash hollow SHP, Sidney Rest Area, Wildcat Hills SRA, Niobrara Valley Preserve

Overwintering: As eggs

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Colorado Skipper, Ash Hollow SHP, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Colorado Skipper – male, dorsal
Colorado Skipper – male, ventral
Colorado Skipper – female, dorsal
Colorado Skipper – female, ventral

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