Species Page: Little Glassywing (Vernia verna)

Little Glassywing

Pompeius verna (W. H. Edwards, 1862)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Uncommon local resident

NENHP Ranking: S2S3, Tier 2

Range: The Little Glassywing inhabits roughly the eastern half of the U. S. In Nebraska it is found in the eastern third of the state and along the Niobrara River in the north central counties.

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses – primarily Tridens flavus.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight from mid-June to mid-July.

Overwintering: As a partially grown caterpillar.

Habitat: The Little Glassywing is most often found at woodland margins (most often lowland, but occasionally upland).

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/16 – 1 1/2 inches

Found at: Fontenelle Forest, Indian Cave State Park, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Basswood Ridge (Dakota Co) Little Blue (Thayer Co) and Oak Valley (Madison Co) SWMAs and Rock Creek SHP (Jefferson Co)

Similar Species: Northern Broken-Dash and Dun Skipper