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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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
July 06, 2014 fpd365 Cook County, Illinois, United States July 08, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Intrinsic3141 Suffolk County, New York, United States July 07, 2014 Details
June 02, 2014 jvkopple2 Rooks County, Kansas, United States July 03, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 NigelBI Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States June 28, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 KristyBaker Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2014 Details
May 19, 2014 falconer699 Union County, North Carolina, United States June 14, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 AJ Trently Carroll County, Tennessee, United States May 22, 2014 Details
May 11, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States May 12, 2014 Details
July 27, 2013 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States April 12, 2014 Details
August 12, 2009 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States April 08, 2014 Details
July 13, 2013 sarabseth Alexandria City County, Virginia, United States March 27, 2014 Details
July 07, 2012 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States March 16, 2014 Details
August 07, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States February 27, 2014 Details
November 12, 2013 KPPSP Biologist Okeechobee County, Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 12, 2013 KPPSP Biologist Okeechobee County, Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 marquy Wayne County, Michigan, United States November 15, 2013 Details