Species Page: Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)

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.

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

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

Overwintering:  As a partially grown caterpillar.

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

Avg. Wingspan: 7/8 – 1 7/16 inches

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


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