Attributes of Thymelicus lineola

European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Wings are brassy burnt orange; upperside of both wings with black borders and black on the outer portions of the veins. The male forewing has a narrow black stigma. A pale form (pallida) is very rare.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/8 inches (2.5 - 2.9 cm).
Life History: To find receptive females, males patrol grassy areas with a low meandering flight. Females lay eggs in strings on the host plant stem; the eggs overwinter and hatch the following spring. Caterpillars eat leaves and live in shelters of leaves tied together with silk. Adult skippers roost at night on grass stalks and in the morning bask with their wings at a 70 degree angle.
Flight: One brood from mid-May to mid-July.
Caterpillar Hosts: Timothy (Phleum pratense) and other grasses.
Adult Food: Nectar from low-growing flowers including orange hawkweed, thistles, ox-eye daisy, fleabane, white clover, red clover, selfheal, Deptford pink, common milkweed, and swamp milkweed.
Habitat: Open grassy places including meadows, hayfields, pastures, abandoned homesteads, grassy road edges.
Range: This skipper was introduced accidently to North America in 1910 through London, Ontario. Eastern population: Newfoundland west to eastern North Dakota, south to southern Illinois and western South Carolina. Western population: western Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. The range is still expanding, perhaps due to the relocation of eggs in hay shipments.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Caterpillars of the European skipper can be pests on timothy grass.
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June 23, 2016 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada June 30, 2016 Details
June 21, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States June 21, 2016 Details
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June 13, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada June 14, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 cblazo Fulton County, Pennsylvania, United States June 12, 2016 Details
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June 18, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
June 22, 2015 lisagorn Otsego County, New York, United States January 31, 2016 Details
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June 21, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada December 09, 2015 Details
July 13, 2015 dendroica5 Coos County, New Hampshire, United States December 09, 2015 Details
July 02, 2014 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States September 30, 2015 Details
June 13, 2009 Carolyn Seaton Cook County, Illinois, United States September 17, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 BMcNaught Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, United States September 15, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 martinametz Alberta, Canada August 15, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada August 05, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 plex1ppus Bonner County, Idaho, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 PDunwiddie Gallatin County, Montana, United States July 23, 2015 Details
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June 03, 2015 Sue Orlowski Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States July 13, 2015 Details
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