Fiery Skipper

Hylephila phyleus
Grass Skippers

Appearance: A strikingly yellow-orange butterfly with short antennae. Above, males have a black stigma and wavy or toothed black wing margins. Females are darker with a mixture of orange and brown patches. Below, both have varying numbers small soft brown spots.

Size: Small; 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches

Habitat: Open habitats; fields, lawns, gardens and roadsides

Season: Spring to fall; 1-2 broods as an immigrant to Colorado

Larval Foodplant: Bermuda and other grasses

Did You Know…
This is a southern butterfly that strays north into Colorado.

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