Polites rhesus (W. H. Edwards, 1878)
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.
Notes: Colonies are extremely local and may occupy a small area of seemingly extensive identical habitat.