Attributes of Polygonus leo

Hammock Skipper
Polygonus leo (Gmelin, [1790])

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Hindwing is lobed. Upperside is black-brown with 3 square white spots. Underside of hindwing is brown with a blue sheen and a black spot near the base.
Wing Span: 1 11/16 - 2 5/16 inches (4.3 - 5.9 cm).
Life History: When inactive, adults rest upside down on the underside of leaves. They are most active on sunny days, but fly mostly in the shade.
Flight: Several flights from May-September in the Southwest, many flights all year in southern Florida. A rare stray from Mexico into South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: In Florida, Jamaican dogwood (Piscidia piscipula) and karum tree (Pongamia pinnata); other legumes elsewhere.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Openings and trails in hardwood hammocks in Florida, near small permanent streams in Arizona, subtropical woods in South Texas.
Range: Argentina north through Central America and Mexico to the West Indies and southern Florida. Strays to Texas and the Southwest.
Conservation: Hardwood hammocks in Florida should be conserved.
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
August 11, 2014 diwalks2 Orange County, California, United States August 11, 2014 Details
February 11, 2014 Doug Taron Jalisco, Mexico February 22, 2014 Details
October 31, 2012 John Calhoun (Nancy Price ) Martin County, Florida, United States December 12, 2012 Details
September 05, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 06, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 10, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Nye County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 10, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Nye County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 17, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Nye County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 12, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Lander County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 02, 1983 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 21, 1972 legacy.reporter (unknown) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 30, 2012 Arlene Ripley Cochise County, Arizona, United States October 04, 2012 Details
December 26, 2011 flymandan Key West County, Florida, United States April 27, 2012 Details
September 02, 1980 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Navajo County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
September 12, 2010 Gary Jue Pima County, Arizona, United States December 02, 2011 Details
September 08, 1977 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 01, 1972 legacy.reporter (G. S. Forbes) Maricopa County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 02, 1972 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 27, 1974 legacy.reporter (Richard Bailowitz) Gila County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
September 05, 1964 legacy.reporter (Keith Hughes) Mohave County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
October 19, 2009 legacy.reporter (Pamela Elia) Pima County, Arizona, United States August 04, 2010 Details
August 26, 1987 legacy.reporter (W. P. Sochor) Orange County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
September 07, 1987 legacy.reporter (John F. Emmel) Riverside County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
September 26, 1987 legacy.reporter (John F. Emmel) Riverside County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
August 26, 1983 legacy.reporter (S. & E. Mattoon) Inyo County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
August 27, 1983 legacy.reporter (R. V. Kelson) Inyo County, California, United States April 02, 2010 Details
September 28, 1978 legacy.reporter (Fred T. Thorne) San Diego County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
August 28, 1979 legacy.reporter (John F. Emmel) San Bernardino County, California, United States March 09, 2010 Details
August 01, 1977 legacy.reporter (Richard Breedlove) San Diego County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
September 04, 1966 legacy.reporter (A. M. Shapiro) Orange County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
September 10, 1960 legacy.reporter (Bruce Griffin) Orange County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
September 30, 1917 legacy.reporter (Theodore Hower) Orange County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
September 10, 1935 legacy.reporter (Chris Henne) Orange County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
September 15, 1935 legacy.reporter (Charles Sexton) Orange County, California, United States January 07, 2010 Details
August 27, 1972 legacy.reporter (C. Sekerman, J. Dockweiler) San Diego County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
September 14, 1972 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) San Bernardino County, California, United States January 06, 2010 Details
October 19, 2009 legacy.reporter (Pamela Elia) Pima County, Arizona, United States January 06, 2010 Details
August 24, 1925 legacy.reporter (John Fortiner) San Diego County, California, United States January 05, 2010 Details
August 26, 1983 legacy.reporter (Sterling & Eileen Mattoon) Inyo County, California, United States June 11, 2009 Details
August 11, 1984 legacy.reporter (Oakley Shields) Mariposa County, California, United States June 11, 2009 Details
August 25, 1983 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States June 11, 2009 Details
September 23, 1983 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States June 11, 2009 Details
September 23, 1983 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Kern County, California, United States June 11, 2009 Details
September 06, 1973 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Kern County, California, United States June 11, 2009 Details
September 05, 1983 legacy.reporter (Art Strong) Kern County, California, United States June 11, 2009 Details
September 11, 1983 legacy.reporter (Art Strong) Kern County, California, United States June 11, 2009 Details
September 18, 2005 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Pima County, Arizona, United States June 04, 2009 Details
January 01, 1996 legacy.reporter (Hueco Tanks and Richard Holland) El Paso County, Texas, United States January 08, 2008 Details
October 17, 2007 legacy.reporter (Diane and Hugh Wedgeworth) Texas, Kenedy County, United States January 08, 2008 Details
January 01, 2004 legacy.reporter (John Emmel) Fresno County, California, United States May 24, 2007 Details