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, 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
May 25, 2015 Doug Bruce Johnson County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 CA Ivy Franklin County, Arkansas, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 Doug Bruce Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Knox County, Tennessee, United States May 17, 2015 Details
June 22, 2012 Gordilly Douglas County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
March 30, 2015 digginflowers Okeechobee County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
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