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Tawny-edged Skipper - Polites themistocles



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


tawny edged skipperThe tawny-edged skipper has a wingspan of 1 inch. Its upperside is dark brown with orange markings. The front edge of its forewing is orange. The male has a curved black stigma (patch of scent scales) on his forewing.


MapThe tawny-edged skipper is found from southern Canada, south through much of the United States. The tawny-edged skipper is found in New Hampshire.


tawny edged skipperThe tawny-edged skipper is found in a wide variety of habitats. In the east, it is found in grassy areas like meadows, pastures, lawns, roadsides, and forest clearings. In other parts of the U.S., it is found in grassy valleys, mountain meadows, and prairies.


The tawny-edged skipper caterpillar eats grasses like slender crabgrass and bluegrass. The adult eats nectar from plants like red clover, dogbane, purple coneflower, thistles, alfalfa, and chicory

Life Cycle

tawny edged skipperThe male tawny-edged skipper perches in grassy areas and waits for a female. The female lays one egg at a time on the leaves of a host plant. The tawny-edged skipper produces one to two broods a year. The caterpillar is brown and has a black head with white spots and streaks.