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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July 31, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States November 28, 2016 Details
November 22, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 27, 2016 Details
November 26, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States November 27, 2016 Details
November 19, 2016 Pcasteel Davidson County, Tennessee, United States November 21, 2016 Details
October 14, 2014 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States November 13, 2016 Details
November 11, 2016 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States November 12, 2016 Details
November 06, 2016 stephen stedman Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States November 10, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 randimal Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 10, 2016 Details
October 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States November 09, 2016 Details
October 31, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States November 09, 2016 Details
November 08, 2016 wildman Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 08, 2016 Details
August 06, 2015 dbush Harris County, Texas, United States November 07, 2016 Details
November 05, 2016 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Wood County November 06, 2016 Details
November 01, 2016 Geerda van Nunen Cook County, Illinois, United States November 05, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States November 02, 2016 Details
October 30, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
August 15, 2016 jdblackmon Alcorn County, Mississippi, United States October 30, 2016 Details
October 28, 2016 Jachan1 Texas, United States, Webb County October 29, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 Geni Certain Talladega County, Alabama, United States October 27, 2016 Details
October 21, 2016 gpstewart Texas, McCulloch County, United States October 27, 2016 Details
August 25, 2013 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
September 20, 2016 nlb.birder Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 12, 2016 dbruce Kemper County, Mississippi, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 dbruce Lee County, Mississippi, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 dbruce Alcorn County, Mississippi, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 20, 2016 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 HHowell Roane County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 23, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 22, 2016 hunter58 Hernando County, Florida, United States October 22, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States October 18, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States October 18, 2016 Details
October 17, 2016 sh11 Ontario, Canada October 18, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States October 17, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 Laurie Sheppard Grayson County, Texas, United States October 16, 2016 Details
October 14, 2016 Mzteachuh San Bernardino County, California, United States October 15, 2016 Details
September 19, 2016 sh11 Ontario, Canada October 13, 2016 Details
September 13, 2016 JimPurvis Tipton County, Indiana, United States October 11, 2016 Details
October 06, 2016 digginflowers Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States October 10, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States October 07, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States October 07, 2016 Details
October 03, 2016 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States October 05, 2016 Details
October 05, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States October 05, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 ButterBelle Jackson County, Tennessee, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 28, 2016 Bill Wright_Texas Harris County, Texas, United States October 01, 2016 Details
September 10, 2016 Fritz Riedel Calaveras County, California, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 Jeff Trahan Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States September 26, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details