Attributes of Poanes zabulon

Zabulon Skipper
Poanes zabulon (Boisduval & Leconte, [1837])

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Male black borders and no stigma. Underside of hindwing is mostly yellow with a dark brown wingbase and outer margin. Female: Upperside is purple-brown with pale yellow spots; underside of hindwing is brown and purple-gray with a white-edged costal margin.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 5/8 inches (3.5 - 4.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch in sunlit openings or edges on leaves about 3-5 feet above the ground. They appear to defend their territory and may keep a perch for up to a week. Courtship usually occurs in the afternoon. Females lay eggs singly under the host leaves. Caterpillars feed on leaves and make shelters of silk-tied leaves.
Flight: Two broods from May-September in the north; several broods all year in the tropical highlands.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grasses including lovegrass (Eragrostis), purpletop (Tridens), bluegrass (Poa), wheatgrass (Agropyron), orchardgrass (Dactylis), wildrye (Elymus), and bentgrass (Agrostis).
Adult Food: Nectar from a variety of flowers including the exotics Japanese honeysuckle, red clover, everlasting pea, and selfheal; and the natives blackberry, purple vetch, common milkweed, buttonbush, joe-pye weed, and thistles.
Habitat: Brushy openings near moist forests and streams.
Range: Massachusetts west through southern Michigan to central Kansas; south to central Florida, southern Louisiana, and northeast Texas. Strays to New Mexico, South Dakota, and southern Quebec. A separate population ranges from central Mexico south to Panama.
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 13, 2015 lmreid71 Jefferson County, Alabama, United States November 06, 2016 Details
August 08, 2016 trinectes Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 10, 2016 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States October 12, 2016 Details
September 29, 2016 kking216 Hall County, Nebraska, United States September 29, 2016 Details
August 22, 2016 4wildlife Georgia, United States, Walker County September 24, 2016 Details
September 06, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 hiker96 Johnson County, Kansas, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 Jim_Gant777 Prince William County, Virginia, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 29, 2016 Details
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August 24, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 22, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 23, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Susan E. Pirolo) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 Bill Emch Chester County, South Carolina, United States August 18, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 treehugger_007 Lake County, Ohio, United States August 17, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 Melinda Fawver Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 05, 2016 Details
August 02, 2016 digginflowers Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States August 05, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 cobal2913 Perry County, Ohio, United States August 01, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 ms722 Sumner County, Tennessee, United States July 29, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 birder89 Blount County, Tennessee, United States July 29, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 John LeBlanc Madison County, Virginia, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States July 03, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States July 02, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States June 29, 2016 Details
July 10, 2015 crprice Ripley County, Missouri, United States June 27, 2016 Details
June 25, 2015 crprice Ripley County, Missouri, United States June 27, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 ewpoet Talbot County, Maryland, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 Allen Belden Buckingham County, Virginia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States May 13, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 Allen Belden Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States May 11, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 10, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States April 28, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 Doug Bruce Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States April 19, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 Doug Bruce Giles County, Tennessee, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 stephen stedman Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States April 16, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 Doug Bruce Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States April 16, 2016 Details