Species Page: Garita Skipperling (Oarisma garita)

Garita Skipperling

Oarisma garita (Reakirt, 1866)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Uncommon/rare resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: Southern halves of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba southward into portions of New Mexico and into Mexico. Restricted to the panhandle in Nebraska although it should be watched for along the Niobrara River in the north central portion of the state.

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses are reported including the following: Poa pratensisBouteloua gracilis, and the genera Sitanion and Stipa.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight, late May through June.

Overwintering: As a partially grown caterpillar.

Habitat: The Garita Skipperling is most often encountered along streamsides and wetlands, but has also found on grassy hillsides.

Avg. Wingspan: 3/4 – 1 3/16 inches

Found at: Chadron State Park, Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Sowbelly Canyon (Sioux County) I-80 mm1, Crescent Lake NWR

Similar Species: Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)