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 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
September 07, 2013 dandtkienzle Tunica County, Mississippi, United States October 29, 2013 Details
July 02, 2013 froghavenfarm Hickman County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 28, 2013 Details
September 20, 2013 Alicia Jackson Moore County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
October 10, 2013 stephen stedman Gibson County, Tennessee, United States October 10, 2013 Details
October 08, 2013 Doug Bruce Haywood County, Tennessee, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 06, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 06, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 treichard Montgomery County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2013 Details
September 25, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States September 26, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 treichard Carroll County, Maryland, United States September 20, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 jim8435wisc Lafayette County, Wisconsin, United States September 19, 2013 Details
September 07, 2013 sdbarker7277 Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States September 18, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 15, 2013 Details
August 09, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 15, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States September 14, 2013 Details
September 13, 2013 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States September 14, 2013 Details
August 07, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 12, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 12, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 09, 2013 Details
September 06, 2013 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States September 07, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States September 05, 2013 Details
August 08, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 04, 2013 Details
August 09, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 04, 2013 Details
August 09, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 04, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 03, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 Sean Werle Hartford County, Connecticut, United States September 03, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 mrcnaturally Westchester County, New York, United States September 02, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States September 02, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 Nick Pulcinella Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States September 02, 2013 Details
August 15, 2013 bentert Collier County, Florida, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 07, 2013 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 30, 2013 Details
August 12, 2013 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 30, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 BobMcN Franklin County, Ohio, United States August 28, 2013 Details
August 21, 2013 BigMcC62 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 22, 2013 BigMcC62 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 22, 2013 Details
August 21, 2013 rogerashton Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States August 22, 2013 Details