Attributes of Euphyes vestris

Dun Skipper
Euphyes vestris (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside of head and thorax is yellow-orange. Wings are brown-black; male forewing has a black stigma, female forewing has very small cloudy white spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: To find receptive females, males perch in low spots about 3 feet from the ground. Females lay eggs singly on leaves of the host plants. Caterpillars feed on leaves and make shelters of rolled or tied leaves. Third-stage caterpillars hibernate, emerge in the spring to complete their development, and pupate in silken tubes at the base of the plants.
Flight: One brood from June-early August in the north; two broods from May-September in the mid-South; several broods from March-October in the Deep South and Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various sedges including chufa flatsedge (Cyperus esculentus) and sun sedge (Carex heliophila).
Adult Food: Nectar from white, pink, or purple flowers including common milkweed, purple vetch, selfheal, peppermint, dogbane, New Jersey tea, and viper's bugloss.
Habitat: Wet areas near deciduous woods such as meadows, seeps, swamp edges, and streams.
Range: Nova Scotia west across southern Canada to southern Alberta; south to Florida, the Gulf Coast, and eastern Texas. Separate populations in the high plains and Rocky Mountains, and on the Pacific Coast.
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.
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July 12, 2014 rzurovec Hidalgo County, Texas, United States September 14, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States September 14, 2014 Details
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August 07, 2014 abwest Hancock County, Ohio, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 treichard Page County, Virginia, United States August 24, 2014 Details
August 23, 2014 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States August 24, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States August 18, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 mmwm Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States August 14, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 John Barry Coos County, Oregon, United States August 13, 2014 Details
August 27, 2011 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 12, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 dendroica5 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States August 09, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada August 06, 2014 Details
June 05, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada August 01, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 cyric Providence County, Rhode Island, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 Sheryl Johnson Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 28, 2014 Details
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July 26, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 mmwm Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States July 26, 2014 Details
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July 19, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 19, 2014 Details
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July 13, 2014 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 plex1ppus Stevens County, Washington, United States July 15, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 14, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 Carmel Mothersill Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States July 08, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Chris Carvalho Klickitat County, Washington, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 14, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 29, 2014 Details