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Peck's Skipper - Polites peckius



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Class: Insecta
 Order: Lepidoptera
 Family: Hesperiidae
 Genus: Polites


Peck's Skipper Peck's skipper has a wingspan of 1-1.25 inches. It has dark brown uppersides, small orange flecks on its forewing, and a orange patch on its hindwing. The underside of the hindwing has a patch of pale yellow spots surrounded by brown. The male has a curved black stigma, or scent, patch, on his forewing.


Peck's skipper is found across southern Canada from British Columbia east to Nova Scotia. In the United States, it is found from eastern Oregon and Washington east to Maine and south to New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri, and northern Georgia. Peck's skipper is found throughout New Hampshire.


Peck's skipper is found in open grassy areas like meadows, marshes, lawns, and roadsides.


Peck's SkipperThe Peck's skipper caterpillar eats grasses like rice cutgrass and bluegrass. The adult eats nectar from plants like red clover, purple vetch, thistles, New York ironweed, milkweed, and dogbane.



Life Cycle

Peck's SkipperThe male Peck's skipper perches in sunny areas and waits for a female. The female lays one egg at a time on the leaves of a host plant. The female Peck's skipper produces one to three broods a year. The caterpillar is maroon with light brown markings. It has a black head with white spots and streaks. The caterpillar overwinters.