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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July 03, 2015 dpgbfly1 Kanabec County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
July 07, 2015 dpgbfly1 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
August 23, 2015 rosacmchenry@sbcglobal.net Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States January 19, 2016 Details
August 13, 2015 Laurie Sheppard Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States December 07, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2015 Details
June 04, 2015 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States September 25, 2015 Details
August 23, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 20, 2010 AJ Trently Fayette County, Tennessee, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 rogerashton Seneca County, New York, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 digginflowers Sussex County, Delaware, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 02, 2015 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States September 06, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 AJ Trently Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 EPIMEDIUM Mercer County, Illinois, United States September 01, 2015 Details
August 23, 2015 Bob Bouman Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Fritz Riedel Calvert County, Maryland, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 kirstensclay Nottoway County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 Ron Smith Levy County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 16, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 MarkNenadov Ontario, Canada August 11, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 stephen stedman Giles County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 06, 2015 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 05, 2015 Details
July 27, 2014 angusriley13 New Brunswick, Canada August 02, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Doug Bruce Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Madison Parish, Louisiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States July 11, 2015 Details
August 24, 2014 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 RichJohnStan Manitoba, Canada July 06, 2015 Details
July 04, 2015 South Laurel Laurel County, Kentucky, United States July 05, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 Kzfisherman Lake County, Illinois, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 SteveSass Porter County, Indiana, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 22, 2008 Joe Saunders Mercer County, West Virginia, United States June 24, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 rowley Wayne County, New York, United States June 18, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 SaraJE Ontario, Canada June 17, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States June 13, 2015 Details