Species Page: Uncas Skipper (Hesperia uncas)

Uncas Skipper

Hesperia uncas (W.H. Edwards, 1863)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Uncommon/rare local resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: This species can be found from central Alberta to southern Manitoba south to northern Texas and northeastern Arizona. In Nebraska it has been found in the western half of the state.

Larval Hostplant(s):  Grasses, of which Bouteloua gracilis and Stipa species are preferred.

Broods/Flight Times: There is one main flight in late May to mid June and a partial second from mid August to early September.

Overwintering: This species likely overwinters as a caterpillar.

Habitat: Uncas skippers inhabit sandhills, mixed and shortgrass prairies.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 5/8 inches

Found at: Crescent Lake NWR, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Wildcat Hills SRA, I-80 Mile Marker 1, I-80E Sidney Rest Area, Ash Hollow SHP, Gilbert-Baker SWMA

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Notes: They avidly take nectar from Platte thistles during the first flight, while the second brood should be sought on Liatris flowers. 

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