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Fiery Skipper
Hylephila phyleus
Family name: Hesperiidae/Skippers
General description: Sexually dimorphic; male bright orange with jagged black border and black forewing stigma. Female dark brown with orange spots. Ventral hindwing yellow-orange with numerous small dark brown spots, larger and more numerous in females.
Field Marks: Forewing elongated. Ventral hindwing yellow-orange with numerous small dark brown spots.
Sexes: Appear different
Wingspan: 32-38 mm
Life Cycle: Egg: White, laid singly on host leaves Mature larva: Brown with numerous tiny, dark brown spots and a dark brown dorsal line. Head black. Chrysalis: Light yellow-brown with two dark brown longitudinal stripes.
No. of Generations: Three or more
Flight Season: All year
Abundance: common
Habitat: Roadsides, disturbed sites, pastures, old fields, lawns, gardens
State: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia
Larval Host Plants: Various grasses (Poaceae) including Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) and St. Augustinegrass (Stenotaphrum secundatum)
Additional Information: Range is limited in Nebraska, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. Adults scurry low to the ground with a rapid, darting flight. Larvae construct individual shelters at base of host. Partially grown larvae overwinter.
Fiery Skipper Female

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