Attributes of Hesperia meskei

Meske's Skipper
Hesperia meskei (W.H. Edwards, 1877)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown with bright orange areas. Underside of hindwing is bright yellow-orange with a faint band of paler spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.9 cm).
Life History: Males perch to wait for receptive females, who lay their eggs singly on the host plant. Caterpillars live in silken tubes at the base of grass clumps and feed on grass nearby. They overwinter in shelters that are partially underground.
Flight: Two broods from April-October; several broods from May-December in southern Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Little bluestem (Andropogon scoparius) and arrowfeather threeawn (Aristida purpurascens).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of blazing star, pickerelweed, and others.
Habitat: Sparse, open woods and grassy places.
Range: Southern North Carolina south to the Florida Keys. Isolated populations in central Arkansas and east Texas. Strays to South Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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September 21, 2012 Rose A. Payne Georgia, Taylor County, United States September 25, 2012 Details
June 02, 2011 Martin Reid Jasper County, Texas, United States August 15, 2011 Details
June 04, 2011 Martin Reid Angelina County, Texas, United States August 15, 2011 Details
September 13, 2009 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Duval County, Florida, United States December 31, 2010 Details
September 13, 2009 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Duval County, Florida, United States December 31, 2010 Details
June 12, 2009 Jeff Trahan (Jeff Trahan) Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States January 08, 2010 Details
May 31, 2009 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Nassau County, Florida, United States August 07, 2009 Details
May 31, 2009 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Nassau County, Florida, United States August 07, 2009 Details
May 31, 2009 legacy.reporter (Bill Berthet) Nassau County, Florida, United States August 07, 2009 Details
June 07, 2008 legacy.reporter (Pierre Howard) Emanuel County, Georgia, United States March 11, 2009 Details
June 08, 2007 legacy.reporter (Rose Payne) Georgia, Taylor County, United States March 11, 2009 Details
October 04, 2008 legacy.reporter (Jeff Pippen) Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States January 28, 2009 Details
July 18, 1999 legacy.reporter (D. Rudolf & C. Ely) Hot Spring County, Arkansas, United States October 20, 2008 Details
July 01, 1999 legacy.reporter (D. Craig Rudolph) Howard County, Arkansas, United States October 20, 2008 Details
July 03, 2000 legacy.reporter (D. Craig Rudolph) Montgomery County, Arkansas, United States October 20, 2008 Details
July 01, 2000 legacy.reporter (D. Craig Rudolph) Polk County, Arkansas, United States October 20, 2008 Details
July 02, 2000 legacy.reporter (D. Craig Rudolph) Saline County, Arkansas, United States October 20, 2008 Details
July 03, 2000 legacy.reporter (D. Craig Rudolph) Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 20, 2008 Details
June 07, 2008 legacy.reporter (Pierre Howard) Emanuel County, Georgia, United States October 17, 2008 Details
June 08, 2007 legacy.reporter (Rose Payne) Georgia, Taylor County, United States October 17, 2008 Details
June 13, 2002 legacy.reporter (Robert Dirig) Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2008 Details
June 16, 2002 legacy.reporter (Robert Dirig) Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2008 Details
September 24, 2005 legacy.reporter (Brian G. Scholtens) Chesterfield County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2008 Details
October 11, 2007 MaryAnn Friedman (MaryAnn Friedman) Okaloosa County, Florida, United States October 30, 2007 Details
October 15, 2007 MaryAnn Friedman (MaryAnn Friedman) Walton County, Florida, United States October 30, 2007 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sampson County, North Carolina, United States October 25, 2006 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Benton County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States December 31, 2004 Details
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