Sachem

Atalopedes campestris
Grass Skippers

Appearance: Above, male golden-orange with large square black stigma; females mostly brown with a square glassy spot at the end of forewing cell. Below, hindwing variable. Male pale yellow; female brown both with dark squarish spot near trailing edge.

Size: Small; 1 3/8 to 1 5/8 inches (Larger than most other Tawny Skippers)

Habitat: Open sunny areas; this colonist can be found nectaring on marigolds, zinnias and rabbitbrush flowers late into the fall

Season: June to October; 1-2 broods

Larval Foodplant: Grasses, including Crab and Bermuda grasses

Did You Know…
This species is a close relative of the genus Hesperia and is often mistaken for one.

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