Attributes of Hylephila phyleus

Fiery Skipper
Hylephila phyleus (Drury, 1773)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Antennae are very short. Male wide black stigma. Underside of the hindwing is scattered with small black spots. Female: Upperside is dark brown with a very irregular orange band. Underside of hindwing is pale brown with paler checks.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males perch in lawns and grassy swales to wait for receptive females. Eggs are laid singly under leaves and also on other plants and objects. Caterpillars eat leaves and roll and tie them to make shelters which lie horizontally in the sod.
Flight: Several broods from May-August in the north, all year in Florida and South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), crabgrass (Digitaria), St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), and other grasses.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of a variety of plants including sweet pepperbush, swamp milkweed, asters, sneezeweed, knapweed, ironweed, and thistles.
Habitat: Sunny, open areas such as fields, lawns, gardens, levees, roadsides, and second-growth scrub.
Range: Southern United States south through the West Indies and Central America to Argentina. Cannot survive harsh winters; each summer this skipper may stray and re-colonize north to northern California, southern Minnesota, southern Ontario, and southern New England.
Conservation: Not 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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May 09, 2016 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States May 26, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 beckerla Florida, United States May 20, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 dabidaloca Kern County, California, United States May 14, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States May 01, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 28, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 12, 2016 MAKI Los Angeles County, California, United States April 13, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 PONYRCR Riverside County, California, United States April 04, 2016 Details
March 27, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States March 30, 2016 Details
March 29, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 29, 2016 Details
September 22, 2015 digginflowers Cape May County, New Jersey, United States February 29, 2016 Details
September 02, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States February 27, 2016 Details
February 21, 2016 jcblithe Broward County, Florida, United States February 25, 2016 Details
August 06, 2014 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County February 23, 2016 Details
August 07, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
October 01, 2014 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
September 01, 2011 Joe Schelling--entered by M ODonnell Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States February 18, 2016 Details
September 26, 2015 pumblebumble Bexar County, Texas, United States February 14, 2016 Details
October 04, 2015 cosmic_cat Texas, Marion County, United States February 14, 2016 Details
August 14, 2013 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States January 25, 2016 Details
September 01, 2011 joeschelling Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States January 20, 2016 Details
July 07, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States January 05, 2016 Details
September 05, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 31, 2015 Details
September 28, 2013 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 21, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States December 15, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 stancha DeKalb County, Georgia, United States December 15, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 tom howe Burke County, Georgia, United States December 15, 2015 Details
November 03, 2015 wood121592 Los Angeles County, California, United States December 12, 2015 Details
October 15, 2015 hjl422 Alameda County, California, United States December 12, 2015 Details
October 22, 2015 wood121592 Los Angeles County, California, United States December 09, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 JeanEvoy Hardee County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
November 06, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States December 03, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce Hardeman County, Tennessee, United States November 30, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 tjrickert Kern County, California, United States November 16, 2015 Details
September 25, 2015 rosenthal.k Wicomico County, Maryland, United States November 14, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States November 14, 2015 Details
November 06, 2015 SaunieInDiego San Diego County, California, United States November 07, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 Sue D. L. Smith Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States October 24, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 franpope Garrett County, Maryland, United States October 17, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 Laurie Sheppard Grayson County, Texas, United States October 17, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 PDunwiddie Fulton County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 Niayre Cobb County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
October 13, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 14, 2015 stephen stedman Crockett County, Tennessee, United States October 14, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce Henderson County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 12, 2015 Details