Tawny-Edged Skipper

Polites themistocles
Grass Skippers

Appearance: Above, tawny leading edge of forewing, with the male having a pronounced thick black stigma, whereas females may have light spots. Below, olive to light brown, contrasting with the tawny forewing leading edge.

Size: Small; 7/8 to 1 3/8 inches

Habitat: Mountain meadows and virtually any grassy area below the alpine

Season: Mountains, July; 1 brood. Lower elevations, April and September; 2 broods

Larval Foodplant: Grasses

Did You Know…
Polites themistocles adapts to urban areas, becoming “lawn skippers,” if lawn chemicals don’t get them (Pyle 2002).

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