Draco Skipper

Polites draco
Grass Skippers

Appearance: Upperside of male is dark brown with reddish-orange markings; forewing with a short black stigma. Hindwing beneath brown with a greenish tint and a cream spotband showing central jagged white patch bisecting the spotband. Female is similar but lacks a stigma and has lighter colored markings. Underside of both sexes is brown with a greenish tint and cream spots, and has the upperside markings repeated. As with all grass skippers often found with hindwing open more than forewings (called the jet plane position).

Size: Small; 1 to 1 1/4 inches

Habitat: High mountain grasslands and meadows

Season: June to August

Larval Foodplant: Grasses

Did You Know…
“Draco” in Latin means dragon and therefore it seems appropriate that a lightening bolt like patch appears crossing the crescent of white spots on the underside of the hindwing (Glassberg, 2001).

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