Attributes of Poanes viator

Broad-winged Skipper
Poanes viator (W.H. Edwards, 1865)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Forewings are rounded. Upperside of forewing is dark brown with a small yellow-orange area and small cream spots. Hindwing is mostly orange with a black border and black veins. Underside of hindwing is orange-brown with a yellow-orange streak running from the wingbase and a median band of squarish yellow-orange spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 2 1/4 inches (3.2 - 5.7 cm).
Life History: Males patrol through reeds or other host plant habitat with a slow, jerky flight to find females. Females lay eggs singly under the host plant leaves, which are eaten by the caterpillars. Caterpillars rest between a leaf and a stem, strengthening the area with silk before they molt.
Flight: One brood from late June to early August inland; two broods from July-August along the mid-Atlantic Coast; several broods from May-August in Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Inland populations feed on hairy sedge (Carex lacustris); coastal populations feed on reed (Phragmites communis), wild rice (Zizania aquatica), and marsh millet (Zizaniopsis miliacea).
Adult Food: Inland populations sip nectar from swamp milkweed, purple loosestrife, and blue vervain. Coastal populations use nectar from dogbane, swamp milkweed, pickerelweed, thistles, salt marsh fleabane, and others.
Habitat: Freshwater and saltwater marshes.
Range: Inland populations range from the eastern Dakotas east to south Quebec and central New York. Coastal populations occur from Massachusetts south to northern Florida and west along the Gulf Coast to central Texas.
Conservation: Not usually 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.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 18, 2016 yardbird Salem County, New Jersey, United States February 10, 2017 Details
July 17, 2016 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States December 30, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 hiker96 Queens County, New York, United States August 08, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States July 27, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Leslie Warren Mahoning County, Ohio, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 24, 2016 Shirley Devan New Kent County, Virginia, United States July 05, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 Julius Bradley County, Tennessee, United States June 19, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States June 02, 2016 Details
August 23, 2015 malarchie Bergen County, New Jersey, United States February 27, 2016 Details
July 20, 2013 sbruenjes Bergen County, New Jersey, United States January 31, 2016 Details
July 21, 2012 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States January 30, 2016 Details
May 25, 2015 Cathy Miller Colleton County, South Carolina, United States November 14, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Tommie Rogers Meigs County, Tennessee, United States September 28, 2015 Details
August 10, 2015 Don Chalfant Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States September 15, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Don Chalfant Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States September 13, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 tom nolan Cape May County, New Jersey, United States August 24, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 Ron Smith Levy County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States July 26, 2015 Details
June 12, 2015 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 20, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 20, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 maryfhsu Shelby County, Tennessee, United States June 02, 2015 Details
May 22, 2003 Rita Venable Obion County, Tennessee, United States March 26, 2015 Details
August 21, 2014 Allen Belden Richmond City County, Virginia, United States March 19, 2015 Details
October 24, 2014 Mike Dillon Texas, Panola County, United States December 21, 2014 Details
October 03, 2014 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Wood County December 21, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 sbruenjes Bergen County, New Jersey, United States December 02, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 tom nolan Cape May County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 coolcat1210 Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States August 23, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 lumpydave84 Suffolk County, New York, United States August 18, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 Pamela D. Fisher Kent County, Delaware, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Joe Sebastiani New Castle County, Delaware, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 fogartyf Isle Of Wight County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 Bob Bouman Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States August 15, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 Carl Freeman Benzie County, Michigan, United States August 12, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 fogartyf Isle Of Wight County, Virginia, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 cwilson@upperdarbysd.org Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 midge717 New Castle County, Delaware, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 caher001 Worcester County, Maryland, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 NJskywatcher Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 NJskywatcher Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 Jarodrodio Cape May County, New Jersey, United States July 17, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 cosmic_cat Harrison County, Texas, United States June 14, 2014 Details
May 03, 2014 galby Colleton County, South Carolina, United States May 06, 2014 Details
April 13, 2014 galby Colleton County, South Carolina, United States April 13, 2014 Details