Dun Skipper

Euphyes vestris
Grass Skippers

Appearance: Dark brown above and below although head and thorax in some populations is a bright orange-yellow. Male forewing has black stigma; female has two white spots near center of forewing.

Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 inches

Habitat: Wet areas near woods, roadsides, wet grassy areas, streamsides

Season: June to September

Larval Foodplant: Various sedges

Did You Know…
Maybe our most widespread and common plain brown skipper in the area. Males seek mates by perching close to the ground. Females lay eggs singly on leaves of the host plants. Caterpillars feed on leaves and make shelters of rolled or tied leaves. Third-stage caterpillars overwinter, emerge in the spring to complete their development, and pupate in silken tubes at the base of the plants.

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