Species Page: Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)

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.

Larval Hostplant(s): Sedges: Carex species.

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

Overwintering: As a larva.

Habitat: Marshes and wetlands.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 2 1/4 inches

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve, Scotia Canal and Wood Duck SWMAs

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Notes: Poanes viator, along with P. massasoitEuphyes 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.

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