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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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
July 16, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 betsyp Niagara County, New York, United States June 25, 2016 Details
June 20, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada June 21, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 cblazo Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States June 12, 2016 Details
August 23, 2015 yardbird Camden County, New Jersey, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 06, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 CA Ivy Logan County, Arkansas, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 ncrosbyrd Liberty County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
June 04, 2011 Mary Franceline Malone Powhatan County, Virginia, United States February 24, 2016 Details
August 20, 2011 Naseem Reza Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States February 15, 2016 Details
July 05, 2014 Beverly Carter Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2016 Details
July 05, 2014 Randy Bodkins Randolph County, West Virginia, United States February 03, 2016 Details
July 13, 2014 Randy Bodkins Randolph County, West Virginia, United States February 03, 2016 Details
July 16, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States January 30, 2016 Details
July 28, 2011 Naseem Reza Door County, Wisconsin, United States January 25, 2016 Details
June 19, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States December 22, 2015 Details
August 25, 2015 Pierre Howard McIntosh County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
August 25, 2015 AJ Trently Decatur County, Tennessee, United States September 18, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Houston County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 25, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 TSims Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 10, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
July 30, 2015 beastbreath Ingham County, Michigan, United States August 02, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 stephen stedman Trousdale County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 stephen stedman Marshall County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 10, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 06, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 01, 2015 Details
May 18, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 18, 2015 Details
July 09, 2014 dpgbfly1 Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2015 Details
August 19, 2011 strixv Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States January 09, 2015 Details
September 14, 2014 tjrickert Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Lewis County, Tennessee, United States September 14, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 TSims Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 lumpydave84 Suffolk County, New York, United States August 18, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States August 17, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 04, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 Carmel Mothersill Ontario, Canada July 24, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 18, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States July 08, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States July 06, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 rseidler Howard County, Arkansas, United States July 05, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 01, 2014 Details