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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September 24, 2016 ezeemonee Riverside County, California, United States September 27, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States September 04, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 19, 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 27, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 27, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 Lepidopteron Alameda County, California, United States May 23, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 10, 2016 wimvdam Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 17, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 PONYRCR Riverside County, California, United States April 04, 2016 Details
March 27, 2016 MAKI Orange County, California, United States March 30, 2016 Details
March 29, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States March 30, 2016 Details
March 22, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States March 27, 2016 Details
May 21, 2011 pjthiel Contra Costa County, California, United States January 14, 2016 Details
October 01, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 30, 2015 Details
April 16, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 11, 2015 Details
October 29, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States November 02, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States October 20, 2015 Details
October 08, 2015 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States October 16, 2015 Details
October 02, 2015 MAKI San Diego County, California, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States October 08, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States September 19, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States September 19, 2015 Details
September 03, 2015 a-o San Francisco County, California, United States September 05, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States August 18, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 rebeccafm Los Angeles County, California, United States August 02, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 29, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States July 19, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 Sue Orlowski Sacramento County, California, United States July 01, 2015 Details
May 18, 2015 Richard1948 Monterey County, California, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Clara County, California, United States June 13, 2015 Details
May 08, 2015 Robert Gorman Contra Costa County, California, United States May 15, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States May 11, 2015 Details
June 08, 2008 lotusgreen Alameda County, California, United States April 30, 2015 Details
April 15, 2015 lotusgreen Alameda County, California, United States April 30, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 KittKatt Los Angeles County, California, United States April 20, 2015 Details
April 14, 2015 rebeccafm Los Angeles County, California, United States April 19, 2015 Details
April 06, 2015 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States April 09, 2015 Details
March 20, 2015 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States March 20, 2015 Details
March 15, 2015 Nancy Hamlett Los Angeles County, California, United States March 15, 2015 Details
March 05, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States March 08, 2015 Details
February 21, 2015 philohela San Diego County, California, United States February 24, 2015 Details
January 16, 2015 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 16, 2015 Details
January 01, 2015 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States January 02, 2015 Details