Attributes of Polites sonora

Sonora Skipper
Polites sonora (Scudder, 1872)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is reddish-orange with a wide, light brown border. Male forewing has a wide black stigma. Hindwing has a light band of separate spots; band is more diffuse in female. Underside of hindwing varies from brown to greenish-brown, and has a narrow yellow-white band which may be composed of separate spots.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: To wait for females, males perch in depressions in meadows all day.
Flight: One brood from June-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Possibly Idaho fescue (Festuca idahoensis).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including white-flowered thistles.
Habitat: From sea level to 11,000 feet in coastal plains, streamsides, wet areas in high plains, and moist mountain meadows.
Range: Southern British Columbia south to southern California; east to Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might 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
June 06, 2013 mbalame99 Clatsop County, Oregon, United States October 10, 2013 Details
July 07, 2006 pcastrovillo Valley County, Idaho, United States February 03, 2012 Details
August 20, 2010 RaisingButterflies.org Sevier County, Utah, United States November 28, 2011 Details
July 10, 1966 legacy.reporter (unknown) Mendocino County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
June 06, 1986 legacy.reporter (unknown) San Bernardino County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
June 26, 2005 legacy.reporter (William Bouton) Inyo County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
July 15, 2007 legacy.reporter (Jeff Pippin) Plumas County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
June 05, 2005 legacy.reporter (Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland) Inyo County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
June 26, 2005 legacy.reporter (Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland) Inyo County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
June 28, 2005 legacy.reporter (Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland) Mono County, California, United States December 31, 2010 Details
July 17, 1989 legacy.reporter (J. T. McBurney) Shasta County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
July 17, 1989 legacy.reporter (J. T. McBurney) Siskiyou County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
July 17, 1988 legacy.reporter (J. T. McBurney) Shasta County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
July 17, 1988 legacy.reporter (J. T. McBurney) Siskiyou County, California, United States August 02, 2010 Details
July 10, 1986 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Amador County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
July 15, 1986 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Amador County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
September 12, 1983 legacy.reporter (Sterling Mattoon) Butte County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
October 06, 1978 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Nevada County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
July 15, 1983 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
June 12, 1985 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
September 01, 1990 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Siskiyou County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
June 14, 1985 legacy.reporter (Laurence Crabtree) Plumas County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
June 21, 1987 legacy.reporter (Laurence Crabtree) Plumas County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
July 21, 1988 legacy.reporter (Laurence Crabtree) Tehama County, California, United States January 25, 2010 Details
July 21, 1973 legacy.reporter (John F. Emmel) San Bernardino County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 23, 1960 legacy.reporter (Tom & John Emmel) Placer County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
August 25, 1960 legacy.reporter (Tom & John Emmel) Placer County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
July 20, 1995 legacy.reporter (Jeffrey Glassberg) Mono County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
August 17, 1917 legacy.reporter (J. A. Comstock) Tulare County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
August 25, 1917 legacy.reporter (J. A. Comstock) Tulare County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
June 27, 1921 legacy.reporter (J. A. Comstock) Mariposa County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (John R. Heitzman) Inyo County, California, United States December 17, 2009 Details
July 09, 1933 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Mariposa County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
July 17, 1933 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Mariposa County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
August 16, 1952 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
July 14, 1956 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Tuolumne County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
July 18, 1957 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Mariposa County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
August 14, 1957 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
September 03, 1958 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
July 19, 1957 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Mariposa County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
August 15, 1958 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Tuolumne County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
August 21, 1958 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Tuolumne County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
June 23, 1959 legacy.reporter (John S. Garth) Mariposa County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
June 10, 1961 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
June 30, 1962 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Tuolumne County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
July 04, 1933 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Mono County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
July 05, 1938 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Mono County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
June 30, 1950 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Mono County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
August 13, 1950 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Mono County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details
August 15, 1951 legacy.reporter (J. W. Tilden) Mono County, California, United States October 19, 2009 Details