European Skipper

Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Northeastern United States north to southern Quebec and Ontario, south to Virginia and west to Wisconsin and western Iowa. There is one record in Nebraska from Polk county.

Broods/Flight Times: One mid-summer flight primarily in July

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses are recorded, especially timothy grass (Phleum pratense)

Habitat: Grasslands, especially those with timothy grass

Found at:

Overwintering: As eggs

Similar Species:

Notes: This species was introduced from Europe and has become established in the eastern United States. The only record for Nebraska comes from a specimen in the Smithsonian collection from Silver Creek in Merrick County in 1936. It is thought this skipper spread with shipments of hay which contained eggs. This might explain it’s occurrence and disappearance in NE where it did not gain a foothold.

European Skipper, David Cappaert,
European Skipper – dorsal
European Skipper – ventral

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