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.

Zabulon Skipper (male), Lancaster Co, NE, 14 May 2023, Elizabeth/Laura Hilkemann