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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August 21, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 23, 2016 John LeBlanc Pasco County, Florida, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Larry Little) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 18, 2016 Details
June 26, 2014 DCLinck Santa Barbara County, California, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Melinda Fawver Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 14, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 breck7348 San Joaquin County, California, United States August 12, 2016 Details
August 09, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 10, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States August 01, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 philohela Clark County, Nevada, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 Allen Gathman Bollinger County, Missouri, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 hunter58 Hernando County, Florida, United States July 24, 2016 Details
March 17, 2016 Bdog Riverside County, California, United States July 23, 2016 Details
October 16, 2014 Allen Gathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 19, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States July 20, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 18, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 13, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 dharlette Contra Costa County, California, United States July 12, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 stephen stedman Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 stephen stedman Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 03, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States June 30, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States June 18, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 18, 2016 Details
June 12, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 13, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States June 03, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States June 03, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 CA Ivy Logan County, Arkansas, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States May 30, 2016 Details
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