Attributes of Hesperia attalus

Dotted Skipper
Hesperia attalus (W.H. Edwards, 1871)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Variable and rarely seen. Forewing is pointed, particularly in the male. Male: Upperside is dull brownish orange with wide dark borders; stigma on forewing has black felt. Female: Upperside is dark brown with pale spots; underside is green-brown to dull orange with or without small pale spots.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 5/8 inches (3.5 - 4.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch to watch for receptive females. Eggs are deposited on or near the host. Caterpillars feed on grass leaves and live in silken tubes at the base of grass clumps. They overwinter in shelters that are partially buried.
Flight: Two broods from May-September with a longer flight period in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and fall witchgrass (Leptoloma cognatum).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of prickly pear cactus, alfalfa, thistles, and purple coneflower.
Habitat: Short-grass prairies, pine barrens, and woodland meadows.
Range: Atlantic seaboard from eastern Massachusetts (rarely) south to peninsular Florida and the Gulf Coast. A separate population occurs from central Kansas south to east-central Texas. Strays to eastern Nebraska.
Conservation: Populations should be conserved wherever they are found.
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs: Care should be taken not to eliminate populations by overuse of fire on small preserves.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 05, 2010 aahewetson Texas, United States, Wilbarger County March 03, 2011 Details
September 23, 2007 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Clay County, Florida, United States August 07, 2009 Details
August 24, 2008 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Clay County, Florida, United States August 07, 2009 Details
September 02, 2007 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Clay County, Florida, United States August 07, 2009 Details
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September 23, 2007 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Clay County, Florida, United States August 07, 2009 Details
August 29, 2005 legacy.reporter (Smith, Bill & Janet) Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 07, 2005 legacy.reporter (Fisher, John) Comanche County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 01, 2004 legacy.reporter (Nelson, John M. & Edwards, David & Fisher, John) Ellis County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
May 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (Nelson, John M.) Jackson County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
May 30, 2006 legacy.reporter (Nelson, John M. & Fisher, John) Major County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
September 13, 2006 legacy.reporter (Fisher, John) Osage County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
September 24, 2005 legacy.reporter (Brian G. Scholtens) Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2008 Details
July 21, 2007 legacy.reporter (Linda & Buck Cooper) Osceola County, Florida, United States August 30, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter St Clair County, Missouri, United States March 12, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ocean County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Burlington County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Douglas County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alachua County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Charlotte County, Florida, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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