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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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
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July 27, 2013 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States April 12, 2014 Details
June 28, 2012 Rick Henle Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States February 05, 2014 Details
July 29, 2012 BAMONA Northampton County, Virginia, United States February 04, 2014 Details
June 14, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States January 04, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 24, 2013 Details
July 22, 2013 Brian Taber James City County, Virginia, United States November 14, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 HHowell Grainger County, Tennessee, United States October 17, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 10, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 Doug Bruce Greene County, Tennessee, United States September 23, 2013 Details
September 05, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 20, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 15, 2013 Details
September 13, 2013 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States September 14, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 Melinda Fawver Morgan County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2013 Details
August 20, 2013 Jeff Brown Montgomery County, Ohio, United States September 11, 2013 Details
September 03, 2013 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States September 09, 2013 Details
August 30, 2013 treichard Baltimore County, Maryland, United States September 07, 2013 Details
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August 24, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States September 05, 2013 Details
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June 19, 2012 mom2krb Loudoun County, Virginia, United States July 22, 2013 Details
May 11, 2012 Nancy Weiss Albemarle County, Virginia, United States July 16, 2013 Details
June 03, 2013 crprice Ripley County, Missouri, United States June 21, 2013 Details
July 29, 2012 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States March 19, 2013 Details
April 10, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Baldwin County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
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August 25, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Cleburne County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 15, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) Bibb County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 22, 2012 vitaly charny (Vitaly Charny) DeKalb County, Alabama, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 04, 2012 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States November 09, 2012 Details
July 28, 2012 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States November 09, 2012 Details
October 03, 2012 AJ Trently Lewis County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2012 Details
July 28, 2012 TSims Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States August 22, 2012 Details
June 06, 2011 Naseem Reza Richmond City County, Virginia, United States August 09, 2012 Details
September 04, 2010 Pierre Howard Camden County, Georgia, United States July 26, 2012 Details
July 08, 2012 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 16, 2012 Details
July 13, 2012 Buckeye Bruce Franklin County, Ohio, United States July 14, 2012 Details