Attributes of Polites themistocles

Tawny-edged Skipper
Polites themistocles (Latreille, [1824])

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is dark brown with orange markings; orange along the costal edge of forewing enters the end of the cell. Male has a sinuous forewing stigma. Underside of hindwing is brassy with no markings.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 7/16 inches (2.2 - 3.6 cm).
Life History: To await receptive females, males perch all day in grassy valley bottoms and swales. Females lay eggs singly on or near the host plant. Caterpillars feed on leaves and live in shelters of tied leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: One brood from June-July in the north, two broods from April-September from New York south, several broods throughout the year in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Panic grasses (Panicum), slender crabgrass (Digitaria filiformis), and bluegrass (Poa pratensis).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including alfalfa, red clover, dogbane, shrub houstonia, purple coneflower, thistles, and chicory.
Habitat: Moist grassy areas including prairie swales, pastures, lawns, roadsides, and vacant lots.
Range: Southern British Columbia east across southern Canada to Nova Scotia; south to northern California, central Arizona, central Texas, the Gulf states, and central Florida.
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 16, 2016 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 stephen stedman Trousdale County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States July 13, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 Sue Orlowski Botetourt County, Virginia, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 06, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2016 Details
May 11, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 04, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 Robert Epstein Manatee County, Florida, United States June 18, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 Robert Epstein Manatee County, Florida, United States June 18, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Sue Orlowski Botetourt County, Virginia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 07, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 31, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 26, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2016 Details
August 02, 2014 CA Ivy Washington County, Arkansas, United States March 03, 2016 Details
July 01, 2015 hiker96 Cook County, Minnesota, United States March 01, 2016 Details
September 07, 2012 Becky Byrum Delaware County, Indiana, United States January 31, 2016 Details
July 07, 2015 dpgbfly1 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
May 15, 2007 Eugene Karolinskiy St Joseph County, Indiana, United States January 26, 2016 Details
July 10, 2012 jani Manitoba, Canada January 22, 2016 Details
June 25, 2011 davidelwonger@msn.com Teller County, Colorado, United States January 12, 2016 Details
September 12, 2013 ncrosbyrd Gilmer County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 10, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 Laurie Sheppard Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States December 07, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 tjrickert Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, United States November 18, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 pabirdermoore Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States November 13, 2015 Details
August 31, 2015 curtis.lehman (James Monroe) Fayette County, West Virginia, United States September 20, 2015 Details
August 09, 2011 Carolyn Seaton Cook County, Illinois, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Doug Bruce Perry County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 28, 2015 stephen stedman Warren County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
March 31, 2015 Ron Smith Citrus County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 caher001 Carroll County, Maryland, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Bob Bouman Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 06, 2015 merrymary Licking County, Ohio, United States August 06, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 Melinda Fawver Robertson County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Bill Emch Wetzel County, West Virginia, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 K. S. Veitch Laurel County, Kentucky, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 roseanna Casey County, Kentucky, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 stephen stedman Marshall County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Melinda Fawver Maury County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 19, 2015 Details