Tawny-edged Skipper

Polites themistocles (Latreille, [1824])

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Common resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Found through most of the U.S. with the exclusion of large parts of Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, California and Texas. It occurs statewide in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple flights. It has been found in Nebraska from May 18 – Sept 30.

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses – Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis), Panicum and Digitaria species

Habitat: Widespread, being found in both urban and prairie environments.

Found at:

Overwintering: As a partially grown caterpillar

Similar Species: Crossline Skipper, but smaller and lacking the ventral hindwing maculation of the Crossline.


Tawny-edged Skipper, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Tawny-edged Skipper – male, dorsal
Tawny-edged Skipper – female, dorsal
Tawny-edged Skipper – side view

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