Rhesus Skipper

Polites rhesus (W. H. Edwards, 1878)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Rare local resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: The Rhesus Skipper is found from southern Saskatchewan southward through New Mexico. In Nebraska it occurs primarily in the panhandle, with the easternmost record being from Arthur County.

Broods/Flight Times: A single spring flight in May

Larval Hostplant(s): Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

Habitat: Short/mixed grass prairies

Found at: I-80 Mile Marker 1, Wildcat Hills SRA

Overwintering: Probably as a fully-grown caterpillar, but the early emergence dates might also suggest the pupal stage.

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Notes: Colonies are extremely local and may occupy a small area of seemingly extensive identical habitat.

Common Name, Location, Photographer
Rhesus Skipper – female, dorsal
Rhesus Skipper – female, ventral
Rhesus Skipper – male, dorsal
Rhesus Skipper – male, ventral

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