Attributes of Hesperia metea

Cobweb Skipper
Hesperia metea Scudder, 1864

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Wings are dark brown or blackish with few light areas. Underside of hindwing has a cobwebbed appearance due to white spots extending along the veins. Subspecies licinus in Texas and Arkansas is very dark both above and below.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 3/8 inches (2.9 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: To wait for females, males perch near the host plants all day. Females lay eggs singly on or near the host plants. Caterpillars eat leaves and live in nests of rolled or tied leaves. Fully-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One brood from late March to early June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Beard grasses including little bluestem (Andropogon scoparius and A. s. var. glomeratus) and big bluestem (A. gerardi).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of low-growing plants such as Labrador tea, wild strawberry, blackberry, bird's-foot violet, winter cress, and red clover; also lilac, vervain, Carolina larkspur, and wild hyacinth.
Habitat: Dry, grassy openings in woods, pine barrens, oak savannah, open sandy scrub, burned areas, old pastures.
Range: Patchy distribution from southern Maine west to Wisconsin; south to central Georgia, the Gulf States, and central 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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May 14, 2016 cyric Kent County, Rhode Island, United States May 20, 2016 Details
April 13, 2016 tom howe Blount County, Tennessee, United States April 13, 2016 Details
June 06, 2015 DSMcVicar Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States August 06, 2015 Details
April 27, 2012 Allen Belden Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States March 19, 2015 Details
May 03, 2011 Allen Belden Bath County, Virginia, United States March 19, 2015 Details
April 28, 2010 Allen Belden Alleghany County, Virginia, United States March 19, 2015 Details
September 07, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States December 16, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Tom Raub Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States June 09, 2014 Details
July 01, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 21, 2013 Details
April 30, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 01, 2013 Details
April 25, 2013 rconnorsphoto Wilson County, Tennessee, United States April 27, 2013 Details
April 22, 2013 AJ Trently Decatur County, Tennessee, United States April 23, 2013 Details
March 25, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Cleburne County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 01, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Cleburne County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 07, 2008 legacy.reporter (Sara Bright) Shelby County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 12, 2008 AJ Trently Decatur County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2012 Details
May 20, 2012 stormyeyes99 Orange County, New York, United States August 08, 2012 Details
May 05, 2012 dendroica5 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States June 04, 2012 Details
May 20, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Ocean County, New Jersey, United States May 22, 2012 Details
May 05, 2012 Cheryl Jennings Grant County, West Virginia, United States May 17, 2012 Details
April 14, 2012 Cheryl Jennings Mineral County, West Virginia, United States April 17, 2012 Details
March 31, 2012 Julius Monroe County, Tennessee, United States April 02, 2012 Details
April 10, 2011 Tommie Rogers Polk County, Tennessee, United States March 15, 2012 Details
April 25, 2010 Jim Brighton Worcester County, Maryland, United States January 16, 2012 Details
June 08, 1997 legacy.reporter (Jackie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
June 09, 1997 legacy.reporter (Jackie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 21, 1995 legacy.reporter (Brian Malcolm) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 27, 1997 legacy.reporter (Jackie Sones) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 17, 1998 legacy.reporter (Tom Dodd+Cathy Dodd+MBC) Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 20, 1995 legacy.reporter (Brian Cassie) Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 13, 1999 legacy.reporter (Richard Hildreth) Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 16, 1999 legacy.reporter (Tom Dodd+Cathy Dodd) Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 12, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 19, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
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May 25, 1999 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
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May 15, 1999 legacy.reporter (Allan Keith) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 16, 1999 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 16, 1999 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 14, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 20, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 24, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 27, 1999 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 12, 1999 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 22, 1999 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 21, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 11, 1999 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 12, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 23, 1998 legacy.reporter (Matt Pelikan) Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States January 01, 2012 Details