Cobweb Skipper

Hesperia metea Scudder, 1863

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare resident?

NENHP Ranking: S1, Tier 2

Range: This species is widely (but sparsely) distributed across eastern and southern portions of the United States. Nebraska is on the northern edge of where this species would be expected (There are only two Kansas records). The lone Nebraska record is from Harlan County.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight in early spring. In Nebraska it has been found on May 2

Larval Hostplant(s): Bluestem grasses – Andropogon gerardii and A. scoparius

Habitat: It is reported to inhabit prairies.

Found at: One specimen is known from the state. A male was taken at the south end of the Harlan County Reservoir dam on 2 May 1989.

Overwintering: As full-grown larvae. Pupation occurs in early spring.

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Notes: This species is found in the southeastern United States. There are records from Kansas (several) and Missouri (numerous). Its early flight likely contributes to the lack of data for this species. All early flying skippers in southeastern Nebraska should be closely examined.

Common Name, Location, Photographer
Cobweb Skipper – male, dorsal
Cobweb Skipper – male, ventral
Cobweb Skipper – female, dorsal
Cobweb Skipper – female, ventral

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