Species Page: Zabulon Skipper (Lon zabulon)

Zabulon Skipper

Lon zabulon (Boisduval & Le Conte, [1837])

Family: Hesperiidae

Status: Uncommon/rare local resident

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: This species is found from eastern Texas north to Missouri and east to the East Coast. In Nebraska it is primarily southeastern, with a few records from central portions of the state.

Larval Hostplant(s): Grasses: Eragrostis, Tridens, Poa, Agropyron and Elymus species.

Broods/Flight Times: The Zabulon Skipper is double brooded in Nebraska, flying in late May to early June and again in late August to early September.

Overwintering: As a caterpillar.

Habitat: The Zabulon Skipper inhabits open woodlands, woodland borders and dry streambeds.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 3/8 – 1 5/8 inches

Found at: Indian Cave State Park, Homestead National Monument, Platte River State Park, Fontenelle Forest, Table Rock SWMA, Walnut Creek Lake (Sarpy Co)

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Notes: Records from Buffalo county from two different locations in three different years would seem to indicate a small but sustained population there. A Doug Long record from Furnas County also pushes the known western limits of this species in Nebraska but leaves large gaps with the more eastern records for researchers to investigate.

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