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.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 14, 2014 Ann and Rob Simpson Yellowstone National Park County, Wyoming, United States December 15, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States December 02, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 05, 2014 Details
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June 22, 2014 pomarinejaeger Sanilac County, Michigan, United States August 11, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 pomarinejaeger Osceola County, Michigan, United States August 11, 2014 Details
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July 27, 2014 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada August 03, 2014 Details
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July 18, 2014 ddodd Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States July 22, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 Brigid Sullivan Windsor County, Vermont, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 Wendelin Lamoille County, Vermont, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada July 20, 2014 Details
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July 04, 2014 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States July 17, 2014 Details
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June 28, 2014 Bob Bouman Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details
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June 27, 2014 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States June 29, 2014 Details
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