Ottoe Skipper

Hesperia ottoe W. H.Edwards, 1866

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 1

Range: Found from the Dakotas south to Oklahoma and east to Missouri and Michigan. Found statewide in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight from mid-June to early August, generally peaking in early July. 

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses, primarily Andropogon scoparius

Habitat: This species inhabits relatively undisturbed mixed and shortgrass prairies.

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Box Elder SWMA, Cather Prairie (Webster Co)

Overwintering: As partially grown caterpillar

Similar Species: Arogos and Delaware Skippers

Notes: Both the Ottoe and Arogos skippers are sometimes used as environmental indicators as both require higher quality prairies to sustain populations, and as such both are on the decline in the state. Ottoe skipper adults have been observed taking nectar from purple coneflower, Liatris and hairy verbena flowers. Males are sometimes found on mud.

Common Name, Location, Photographer
Ottoe Skipper – female, dorsal
Ottoe Skipper – male, dorsal

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