Garita Skipperling

Oarisma garita
Grass Skippers

Appearance: Above, unmarked dark brown with an orange dusting. Below, hindwing pale orange with white fringe and veins. Flies very weakly close to the ground.

Size: Small; 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches

Habitat: Open woodlands, mountain meadows, short and mixed grass prairies

Season: June to mid-August

Larval Foodplant: Various grasses, including bluegrass and blue grama

Did You Know…
Common name may come from the Garita Mountains of SW Colorado, since the species was described from the Colorado territory in 1866 (Pyle, 1981).

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