Species Page: Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Fiery Skipper

Hesperia phyleus (Scudder, 1874)

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.

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

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

Overwintering: Does not survive our winters.

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

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 inches

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