Appearance: Overall above dark blackish brown with a soft mottled look and with scattering of dark gray scales on the forewing with a cluster of tiny glassy white spots near forewing tip. The hindwing is largely unmarked with two rows of light spots near trailing edge of wing. Hindwing fringes are dark.
Size: Small; 1 1/8 to 1 1/2 inches
Habitat: Open wooded areas, mountain meadows, and along roads and trails
Season: Early May to early August
Larval Foodplant: Golden banner, lupines and other legumes
Did You Know…
The common name of the ‘skippers’ group probably refers to the bounding or skipping and erratic flight style often close to the ground. Skippers are most likely more closely related to moths than true butterflies as the pupal stages are protected within silken cocoons rather than the exposed and unprotected chrysalis of butterflies.
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