Clouded Skipper

  • Family name: Hesperiidae/Skippers
  • General description: Wings dark brown forewing with small white forewing spots. Ventral hindwing brown with darker central band and purplish-gray frosting along outer margin.
  • Field Marks: Dark brown; Ventral hindwing with darker central band and purplish-gray frosting along outer margin.
  • Sexes: Appear similar
  • Wingspan: 34-44 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: White, laid singly on host leaves Mature larva: Greenish-white with darker longitudinal stripes.. Head white with three dark lines. Chrysalis: Green with a short point off the head.
  • Number of Generations: Three or more
  • Flight Season: All year
  • Abundance: common
  • Habitat: Woodland margins, stream corridors, swamps, moist meadows, roadsides, disturbed sites, old fields, gardens
  • Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
  • Larval Host Plants: Various grasses (Poaceae) including Indian Woodoats (Chasmanthium latifolium), Florida Paspalum (Paspalum floridanum), and Eastern Gamagrass (Tripsacm dactyloides).
  • Similar Species:
  • Additional Information: Range is limited in Arizona.

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