Attributes of Poanes melane

Umber Skipper
Poanes melane (W.H. Edwards, 1869)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is umber brown; forewing with darker disc and pale spots; hindwing with a light yellow-brown band. Female is larger and lighter colored. Underside resembles upperside but spots are larger and lighter; forewing base is black.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 3/8 inches (3.2 - 3.5 cm).
Life History: Males perch in grassy areas to wait for receptive females. Caterpillars feed on leaves and live in shelters of rolled or tied leaves.
Flight: Two broods from March-May and September-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various grasses including tufted hairgrass (Deschampsia caespitosa), Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), California brome (Bromus carinatus); and sedges including San Diego sedge (Carex spissa).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Desert foothills, grassy areas, streamsides, roadsides, yards, parks, open oak woodland.
Range: California west of the Sierra Nevada Divide; southern Arizona; Baja California and the highlands of Mexico and Central America.
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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August 20, 2014 Ralph S. Carlson Los Angeles County, California, United States August 21, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 MAKI Santa Barbara County, California, United States August 09, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 wapperdude Los Angeles County, California, United States June 27, 2014 Details
May 15, 2014 sarabseth Contra Costa County, California, United States May 20, 2014 Details
May 07, 2014 sarabseth Alameda County, California, United States May 20, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States May 07, 2014 Details
May 07, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States May 07, 2014 Details
April 20, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States April 22, 2014 Details
March 15, 2014 John Koerner Los Angeles County, California, United States March 18, 2014 Details
March 12, 2014 erinlamothe Orange County, California, United States March 13, 2014 Details
September 14, 2013 icosahedron Sonoma County, California, United States January 17, 2014 Details
January 07, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 07, 2014 Details
December 31, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 01, 2014 Details
March 20, 2012 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States December 09, 2013 Details
April 09, 2012 Robert Gorman Riverside County, California, United States November 22, 2013 Details
May 26, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 14, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 14, 2013 Details
October 15, 2013 SBirene Los Angeles County, California, United States October 20, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 philipnott Marin County, California, United States October 06, 2013 Details
October 05, 2012 Jan Sarah Sonoma County, California, United States October 03, 2013 Details
May 23, 2013 Dusty Collyer Marin County, California, United States September 30, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 Jamie Chavez San Luis Obispo County, California, United States August 27, 2013 Details
June 18, 2013 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States August 19, 2013 Details
May 08, 2013 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States May 09, 2013 Details
April 30, 2013 Jamie Chavez Santa Barbara County, California, United States May 05, 2013 Details
March 30, 2013 DanielLichtblau Los Angeles County, California, United States April 12, 2013 Details
April 28, 1987 legacy.reporter (J. Brock, M Smith & R Wells) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 13, 2008 mojoedevine Alameda County, California, United States August 16, 2012 Details
August 14, 2012 erinlamothe Orange County, California, United States August 14, 2012 Details
November 03, 2011 aussiearn Marin County, California, United States August 01, 2012 Details
July 13, 2012 erinlamothe Orange County, California, United States July 17, 2012 Details
July 14, 2012 erinlamothe Orange County, California, United States July 17, 2012 Details
May 23, 2012 ginosmommy Alameda County, California, United States May 27, 2012 Details
November 01, 2011 dps45k Marin County, California, United States November 15, 2011 Details
October 06, 2011 AKimages San Diego County, California, United States October 09, 2011 Details
October 07, 2011 AKimages San Diego County, California, United States October 08, 2011 Details
June 18, 1963 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
January 08, 2012 legacy.reporter (Frank Model) California, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 07, 2000 legacy.reporter (unknown) Alameda County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
September 15, 2000 legacy.reporter (unknown) Alameda County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
May 28, 1988 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Tulare County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
April 30, 2004 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
September 11, 2003 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
July 04, 2005 legacy.reporter (Ray Collett) Santa Cruz County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
September 19, 2003 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
July 17, 2007 legacy.reporter (Kojiro Shiraiwa) San Diego County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
September 21, 1989 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) San Luis Obispo County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
December 16, 1986 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Contra Costa County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
October 02, 1978 legacy.reporter (Fred T. Thorne) San Diego County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
June 09, 1979 legacy.reporter (John Lane) Santa Cruz County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details