Attributes of Polites peckius

Peck's Skipper
Polites peckius (W. Kirby, 1837)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside of male is brown with reddish-orange patches; forewing has a sinuous stigma. Female is darker with no stigma. Underside of the hindwing of both sexes has a patch of large yellow spots in the center surrounded by dark brown.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch in sunny open areas to await receptive females, and courtship takes place throughout the day. Females lay eggs singly; caterpillars eat leaves and live in leaf shelters. Caterpillars and chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: Two to three broods from May-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides); probably bluegrass (Poa pratensis) and others.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including red clover, purple vetch, thistles, selfheal, New York ironweed, blue vervain, common milkweed, swamp milkweed, dogbane, and New Jersey tea.
Habitat: Many open grassy habitats including meadows, prairies, lawns, marshes, landfills, roadsides, vacant lots, and power line right-of-ways.
Range: British Columbia east across southern Canada to Nova Scotia; south to northeastern Oregon, southern Colorado, northwest Arkansas, and northern Georgia.
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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July 21, 2016 birder89 Blount County, Tennessee, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 chirpus St Lawrence County, New York, United States July 22, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 Mary Franceline Malone Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States July 18, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 07, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 Reslab Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 23, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada June 24, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States June 17, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 cblazo Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States June 12, 2016 Details
April 29, 2016 vldeloach Fannin County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States June 10, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 EarlyDawnPhotography Grant County, Kentucky, United States June 01, 2016 Details
June 16, 2015 kking216 Hall County, Nebraska, United States May 30, 2016 Details
August 24, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada April 22, 2016 Details
June 25, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada April 22, 2016 Details
June 25, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada April 20, 2016 Details
September 10, 2013 Mary Franceline Malone Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States March 23, 2016 Details
June 18, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 17, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 14, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States February 03, 2016 Details
May 31, 2014 PegSpark Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States February 01, 2016 Details
September 07, 2013 Clogrr Camden County, New Jersey, United States January 31, 2016 Details
June 29, 2015 lisagorn Otsego County, New York, United States January 31, 2016 Details
June 08, 2015 dpgbfly1 Anoka County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
July 10, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States January 04, 2016 Details
September 04, 2015 Laurie Sheppard Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States December 07, 2015 Details
July 22, 2014 Robert Morin Quebec, Canada December 04, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 tjrickert Tucker County, West Virginia, United States November 14, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 Mendrola Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States September 28, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States September 25, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 TSims Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 Tiny1966 Hendricks County, Indiana, United States September 14, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 Pamela D. Fisher Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States September 12, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 SNL19067 Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States September 12, 2015 Details
August 27, 2015 yelpurr54 Frederick County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 Denise.Bright Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 PolkaSaves Warren County, Ohio, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 09, 2015 rdcpics York County, Pennsylvania, United States September 09, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Smitty54 McLean County, Illinois, United States September 07, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 chase_d Boone County, Missouri, United States September 03, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 theresaawilson Jefferson County, Indiana, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 sfp Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 stephen stedman Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 ms722 Robertson County, Tennessee, United States August 26, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 Chesaloosa Caroline County, Maryland, United States August 18, 2015 Details