Attributes of Ancyloxypha numitor

Least Skipper
Ancyloxypha numitor (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Antennae are short. Upperside of forewing is orange with a wide, diffuse black border at the outer margin; hindwing is yellow-orange with a wide black margin. Underside of forewing is black with orange borders at the tip and leading edge; hindwing is yellow-orange.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/8 inches (2.2 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for females with a low, fluttery flight through grassy areas. Females lay eggs singly on grass blades. Caterpillars feed on leaves and rest in nests of rolled or tied leaves. Third- and fourth-stage caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: Three broods from May-October in most of the range, four broods from February-December in the Deep South and Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various grasses including marsh millet (Zizaniopsis miliacea), rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides), and cultivated rice (Oryza sativa).
Adult Food: Flower nectar from low growing plants such as wood sorrel, swamp verbena, pickerelweed, chickory, and white clover.
Habitat: Moist or wet open places with tall grasses, marshes, ditches, slow streams, hillsides, or old fields with tall grasses.
Range: Nova Scotia west to southern Saskatchewan; south through the eastern states to Florida, the Gulf states, Texas, and southeastern Arizona. Strays to central Colorado.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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June 17, 2014 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada April 01, 2015 Details
August 22, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States March 15, 2015 Details
September 10, 1969 Indy Entomologist Lagrange County, Indiana, United States February 24, 2015 Details
August 28, 2014 Indy Entomologist Boone County, Indiana, United States February 21, 2015 Details
August 23, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States February 19, 2015 Details
August 03, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States February 18, 2015 Details
August 07, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States February 18, 2015 Details
January 21, 2015 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States February 13, 2015 Details
July 17, 2014 dpgbfly1 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States February 10, 2015 Details
August 16, 2014 NigelBI Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States January 24, 2015 Details
June 03, 2012 strixv Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States January 09, 2015 Details
July 19, 2013 strixv Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States January 09, 2015 Details
August 29, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States December 17, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 K Stilwell Russell County, Virginia, United States December 14, 2014 Details
October 07, 2014 dbruce Washington County, Mississippi, United States December 06, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 S. J. Stedman Benton County, Mississippi, United States December 02, 2014 Details
October 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Benton County, Tennessee, United States November 30, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 Doug Bruce Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States November 30, 2014 Details
October 01, 2014 rh connors Houston County, Tennessee, United States November 22, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 TheWayfarer21 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States September 26, 2014 Details
September 13, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 06, 2014 HHowell Cocke County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2014 Details
September 09, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 10, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States September 09, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 Doug Bruce Lake County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
July 26, 2013 rob77897@gmail.com Manatee County, Florida, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 27, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2014 Details
August 22, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 26, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 digginflowers Seneca County, New York, United States August 22, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 ktaylo Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States August 15, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 ellencz Licking County, Ohio, United States August 15, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 jim8435wisc Adams County, Wisconsin, United States August 14, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 magpie Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States August 14, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 pomarinejaeger Osceola County, Michigan, United States August 11, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 Carmel Mothersill Ontario, Canada August 10, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 a.d.levine Orange County, New York, United States August 09, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 rogerashton New Castle County, Delaware, United States August 02, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 ddodd Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States July 20, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details