Firey Skipper

Hylephila phyleus (Drury, 1773)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Uncommon to common breeding stray

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Found from Argentina north to the southern United States ( Florida to Texas to southern California). From there it strays northward to New York and northern California. The Fiery Skipper has been found primarily in the southern half of Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Has been found in Nebraska from May into November

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses are recorded, especially timothy grass (Phleum pratense) and bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon)

Habitat: Avid flower visitors, equally at home in alfalfa fields and urban gardens

Found at:

Overwintering: Does not survive our winters

Similar Species:

Notes: Most of our records are from southern and eastern Nebraska

Firey Skipper, Kearney, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Firey Skipper – female, dorsal
Firey Skipper – female, ventral
Firey Skipper – male, dorsal
Firey Skipper – male, ventral

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