Leonard’s Skipper

Hesperia leonardus
Grass Skippers

Appearance: This is a large skipper. Below, brownish-orange, sometimes with small postmedian white spots. Above, males brownish-orange with a thin black stigma; females are dark with contrasting pale tan spots. Similar to Ottoe Skipper which flies much earlier in the season.

Size: Small; 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches

Habitat: Short grass prairie and openings in foothills Ponderosa forests

Season: Late July to October; 1 brood

Larval Foodplant: Grasses

Did You Know…
This strong flier nectars on gayflower, aster and thistle.

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