Least Skipper

Ancyloxypha numitor (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Locally common resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This species inhabits the eastern half of North America, ranging northward to southern Canada. It is found statewide in Nebraska, but becomes less common in the panhandle.

Broods/Flight Times: There are two or three generations. In Nebraska the Least Skipper has been found from May 21 – September 19.

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses of the following genera: Poa, Leersia, Spartina, Setaria, and Panicum.

Habitat: Low areas, riparian and pond shorelines

Found at:

Overwintering: As a full grown larva

Similar Species: Garita Skipper


Least Skipper, Boone County, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Least Skipper – dorsal

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