Long Dash

Polites mystic
Grass Skippers

Appearance: Below, orange-brown with contrasting curved band of equally-sized yellow spots and short basal spot on the hindwing. Above, brown with reddish-orange markings and black edging.

Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inches

Habitat: Open, moist grassy areas, meadows, streamsides, roadsides

Season: Late May to early August

Larval Foodplant: Bluegrasses

Did You Know…
Above the males show a black patch outward from the stigma (scent scales) that together create the “long dash” of the common name (Glassberg, 2001).

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