Dun Skipper

Euphyes vestris (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Occasional resident

NENHP Ranking: S3, Tier 2

Range: This species is found through most of the U. S. and southern Canada east of the Rocky Mountains. In and west of the Rockies it can be found in disjointed populations. It has been found statewide in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: One or two flights, depending on the latitude and the year. There are Nebraska records from early June to early September

Larval Hostplant(s): Sedges, of which sun sedge (Carex heliophia) – a hillside plant, and Carex lacustris are mentioned.

Habitat: The Dun Skipper is less restricted to wetlands than the other members of its genus. While it is generally found in vicinity of water in the eastern 2/3 of the state, Euphyes vestris has been found in arid upland sites in the Nebraska panhandle.

Found at: Harlan County Reservoir, Victoria Springs SRA, Fontenelle Forest, Rowe Sanctuary, Sidney Rest Area, Niobrara Valley Preserve, I-80 mm1, Crane Meadows, Indian Cave State Park

Overwintering: As a partially grown caterpillar

Similar Species: Northern Broken Dash, Little Glassywing


Dun Skipper, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Dun Skipper – female, dorsal
Dun Skipper – male, dorsal

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