Attributes of Hesperia colorado

Western Branded Skipper
Hesperia colorado (Scudder, 1874)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Extremely variable; many geographical forms with differing appearances. Adults (especially males) have relatively pointed forewing tips and more warm orange on the upperside. Band on hindwing underside may be complete, made of small or large spots, faint, or absent.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.2- 3.8 cm).
Life History: To await receptive females, males perch near the host plant or on tops of hills. Females scatter eggs on or near the host; caterpillars eat leaves and live in nests of tied leaves. Eggs overwinter.
Flight: One brood from mid-July (as early as May in California) to late September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various grasses including fescue (Festuca), brome (Bromus), bluegrass (Poa), needlegrass (Stipa), and beardgrass (Andropogon); sedges.
Adult Food: Nectar from many flowers including asters, goldenrods, and blazing star.
Habitat: Sunny open areas including forest openings and edges, meadows, fields, roadsides, trails, grassy slopes, and the alpine.
Range: From Washington and Wyoming south to Baja California Norte, southeastern Arizona, and western Nebraska.
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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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Catron County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cibola County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colfax County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Grant County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter McKinley County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mora County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Juan County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Taos County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Union County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sioux County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sheridan County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter McPherson County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Kimball County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dundy County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Garden County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Keith County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Keya Paha County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cherry County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dawes County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Brown County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Banner County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Apache County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Graham County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alameda County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Alpine County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Amador County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Butte County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Calaveras County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colusa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Contra Costa County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Del Norte County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter El Dorado County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Fresno County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Glenn County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Humboldt County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Inyo County, California, United States December 31, 2004 Details