Species Page: Pahaska Skipper (Hesperia pahaska)

Pahaska Skipper

Hesperia pahaska (Leussler, 1938)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Uncommon/rare local resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: Found from southern Alberta and Saskatchewan south into Mexico. In Nebraska the species is thus far limited to the panhandle.

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses, mostly comprised of Bouteloua gracilis.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight from late May through mid July.

Overwintering: As a caterpillar.

Habitat: It inhabits hilly short grass prairies and grassy openings in forests.

Avg. Wingspan: 7/8 – 1 3/8 Inches

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA, Ash Hollow SHP, I-80 East Sidney Rest Area, I-80 Mile Marker 1, Metcalf SWMA (Sheridan Co)

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Notes: The type locality for this species is in the canyon region of Sioux County near the town of Harrison (Monroe Canyon/Gilbert-Baker SWMA).

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