Broad-winged Skipper

Poanes viator (W. H. Edwards, 1865)

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Uncommon/rare local resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: The Broad-winged Skipper is found from Minnesota and Iowa east to the east coast and then following the east and gulf coasts into Texas. In Nebraska, which is at the western fringe of its range, most records are from northern and central portions of the state.

Broods/Flight Times: One mid-summer flight in July

Larval Hostplant(s): Sedges: Carex species

Habitat: Marshes and wetlands

Found at: Scotia Canal and Wood Duck SWMAs

Overwintering: As a larva

Similar Species:

Notes: Poanes viator, along with P. massasoit, Euphyes conspicua, E. dion, and E. bimacula, is one of a group of marsh skippers found in Nebraska that are considered uncommon or rare. But when located P. viator can occasionally be abundant.

Broad-winged Skipper, Photo by Matthew Brust
Broad-winged Skipper – female, dorsal
Broad-winged Skipper – female, ventral
Broad-winged Skipper – male, dorsal
Broad-winged Skipper – male, ventral

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