Attributes of Polites origenes

Crossline Skipper
Polites origenes (Fabricius, 1793)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown with orange markings. Female usually lacks orange along the forewing costa and has a square spot below the end of the cell; male has a long, straight forewing stigma. Underside of hindwing is orange-brown with a faint band of spots.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/2 inches (2.9 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males perch in open grassy areas most of the day to await receptive females. Courtship occurs from midday to mid-afternoon. Third- and fourth-stage caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One brood from June-August in the north, two broods from May-September in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: Purpletop (Tridens flavus), little bluestem (Andropogon scoparius), and other grasses.
Adult Food: White, pink, or purple flowers are preferred including purple vetch, red clover, selfheal, dogbane, shrub houstonia, New Jersey tea, and New York ironweed.
Habitat: Open grassy areas including prairies hills, barrens, power line cuts, old fields, forest openings.
Range: Western North Dakota east across central Minnesota, southern Ontario, and southern Quebec to central Maine; south to northeast Texas, the Gulf Coast, and northern Florida. A separate population (P. o. rhena) occurs along the Rocky Mountains from northern Colorado to northeastern New Mexico.
Conservation: Populations of subspecies rhena, found in patches of all tall-grass prairies, should be conserved wherever found.
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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January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colfax County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Union County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Warren County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sussex County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Union County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Somerset County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Passaic County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Morris County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Ocean County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hudson County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mercer County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Camden County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cape May County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Essex County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Burlington County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Bergen County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hall County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Greeley County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Furnas County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Frontier County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Douglas County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Stanton County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colfax County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dodge County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Platte County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter York County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Howard County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dawson County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Logan County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Jefferson County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cedar County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Antelope County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Keya Paha County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Thomas County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Brown County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cherry County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Dawes County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sheridan County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sioux County, Nebraska, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Calhoun County, Alabama, United States December 31, 2004 Details