Russet Skipperling

Piruna pirus
Grass Skippers

Appearance: Dark and reddish-brown with a few white spots, some of which form a short bar near the tip of the forewing and show through to the ventral side. The hindwing is unmarked.

Size: Small; 7/8 to 1 inch

Habitat: Moist, grassy areas along streams and about meadows

Season: Late May to Early August

Larval Foodplant: Wide leaved grasses

Did You Know…
The name skipperling derives from their “bouncy” flight that makes them appear to be “skipping along” (Pyle, 2002).

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