Attributes of Carterocephalus palaemon

Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon (Pallas, 1771)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is black with squarish orange spots. Underside of the forewing is orange with black spots; underside of hindwing is red-orange with cream spots outlined in black.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Adults rest with their wings closed, but bask with hindwings open wide and forewings open to about 45 degrees. To find receptive females, males perch on low vegetation and sometimes patrol in openings. Females lay eggs singly on leaves of the host plant. Caterpillars live and feed within nests of silked-together leaves; fully-grown caterpillars overwinter in their nests and then pupate within them in the spring.
Flight: One brood from May-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grasses including purple reedgrass (Calamagrostis purpurascens) in California, and bromes (Bromus) in Europe; probably others.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including iris in California.
Habitat: Glades and openings in heavily forested woods, moist meadows, and streamsides.
Range: Central Alaska south to central California, south in the Rocky Mountains to northwest Wyoming, east across the Great Lakes states to New York and New England. Eurasia.
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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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
June 26, 2013 Eelhsa Ontario, Canada August 23, 2013 Details
June 26, 2013 Brett Budach Ontario, Canada August 19, 2013 Details
June 21, 2013 LJodwalis Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States July 20, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 davmcnaugh Forest County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 davmcnaugh Forest County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 17, 2013 Details
June 14, 2013 David Allen Jones Sawyer County, Wisconsin, United States June 15, 2013 Details
June 03, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States June 11, 2013 Details
June 07, 2013 Dave Kinney Wexford County, Michigan, United States June 11, 2013 Details
June 08, 2013 aarongunnar Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States June 09, 2013 Details
May 19, 2013 fmgee British Columbia, Canada June 07, 2013 Details
June 01, 2013 stormyeyes99 Essex County, New York, United States June 06, 2013 Details
June 14, 2009 dpgbfly1 Anoka County, Minnesota, United States January 06, 2013 Details
June 17, 2012 Glennie Manitoba, Canada July 03, 2012 Details
June 16, 2012 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States June 27, 2012 Details
June 17, 2011 Tommie Rogers Denali Borough, Alaska, United States June 12, 2012 Details
May 30, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States June 04, 2012 Details
May 30, 2012 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 03, 2012 Details
May 31, 2012 BOGwalker St Louis County, Minnesota, United States June 01, 2012 Details
May 28, 2012 stonehollow Wright County, Minnesota, United States May 31, 2012 Details
May 27, 2012 aarongunnar Forest County, Wisconsin, United States May 31, 2012 Details
May 28, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States May 30, 2012 Details
May 24, 2012 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States May 24, 2012 Details
May 21, 2012 Peggy O Taylor County, Wisconsin, United States May 22, 2012 Details
May 19, 2012 Jdammarell Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States May 22, 2012 Details
May 17, 2012 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States May 21, 2012 Details
July 07, 2005 pcastrovillo Valley County, Idaho, United States January 29, 2012 Details
July 02, 2009 BOGwalker St Louis County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2012 Details
June 13, 1994 legacy.reporter (Orland Blanchard) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 01, 1999 legacy.reporter (Pam Weatherbee) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 05, 1999 legacy.reporter (Mark Lynch + Sheilla Carrol) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 21, 1995 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 19, 1995 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 30, 1998 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 25, 1993 legacy.reporter (Pam Weatherbee) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 26, 1998 legacy.reporter (Pam Weatherbee) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 29, 1999 legacy.reporter (Pam Weatherbee) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 03, 1995 legacy.reporter (Mark Fairbrother) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 05, 1995 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 10, 1995 legacy.reporter (Dave Small) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 02, 1996 legacy.reporter (Dave Small) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 06, 1999 legacy.reporter (Mark Fairbrother (MBC)) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 05, 1999 legacy.reporter (Jim Springer et al) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 05, 1999 legacy.reporter (Jim Springer et al) Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 03, 1998 legacy.reporter (Fred Goodwin) Essex County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 28, 1998 legacy.reporter (FG + Matt Steen) Essex County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 18, 1995 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 14, 1996 legacy.reporter (Diane Potter) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 11, 1992 legacy.reporter (Mark Fairbrother) Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 05, 1995 legacy.reporter (Stan Bolton) Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details