Attributes of Zestusa dorus

Short-tailed Skipper
Zestusa dorus (W.H. Edwards, 1882)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Pyrginae
Identification: Hindwing tails are short. Upperside is brown with prominent clear spots on both forewing and hindwing. Underside is speckled with brown and gray; clear spots are not so obvious.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 5/8 inches (3.5 - 4.2 cm).
Life History: To seek females, males perch on trees on hilltops. Females lay eggs singly on leaves or buds of host plants. Caterpillars live in shelters of rolled leaves and feed on leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.
Flight: Possibly two flights in Arizona from April-July; one flight in Colorado from May-June.
Caterpillar Hosts: Arizona oak (Quercus arizonica), Emory oak (Q. emoryi), and others.
Adult Food: Sap and spittlebug secretions.
Habitat: Juniper-oak woodland.
Range: Southwest Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, west Texas, and Mexico.
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:

Images of Zestusa dorus

Click on an image to view full size and to see additional details.

Zestusa dorus - Short-tailed_Skipper_2009-07-03_04crop_Gary_Jue.jpg

Zestusa dorus - Short-tailed_Skipper_2009-07-03_04crop_Gary_Jue.jpg
Zestusa dorus - Short-tailed_Skipper_2009-07-03_02crop_Gary_Jue.jpg

Zestusa dorus - Short-tailed_Skipper_2009-07-03_02crop_Gary_Jue.jpg

The map below displays all BAMONA data for this species and has three different data layers:
1. All records (yellow dots)   2. Recently verified records (orange dots)*   3. US county records (purple)

There are also three base layers: 1. Satellite    2. Normal   3. Hybrid

How to use the map:
Click on the map and move your mouse to pan.
Zoom by using the plus [+] and minus [-] on the left side of the map.
To change which map layers are displayed, click on the plus sign [+] on the right side of the map and turn on/off the data layers and base layers.

*The orange dots on the map provide access to information about the 400 most recently verified sightings of this species. Sometimes, there are several records at the same location. Use the table view to access these records.

By default, the fifty most recently verified sightings are below. Sort by Observation Date to see the most recent sightings, or filter the sightings by region to get a regional list.

See more recently verified sightings of all species.

You don't have Javascript enabled. Hover for more information! But don't worry: you can still use this web site! You have two options:
  • enable Javascript in your browser and then refresh this page, for a much enhanced experience.
  • click the Update button every time you want to update the selection.
Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
April 19, 1996 legacy.reporter (Ray Stanford) Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 01, 1997 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 02, 1997 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 17, 2007 legacy.reporter (D. Edwards & J. Hall) Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 19, 1996 legacy.reporter (Ray Stanford) Navajo County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
May 03, 1975 legacy.reporter (Richard Bailowitz) Yavapai County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
April 22, 2011 Matt ODonnell Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States August 07, 2011 Details
April 24, 1982 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
April 28, 1982 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
August 07, 2005 Ken Davenport (Ken Davenport) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
April 06, 1966 legacy.reporter (James A. Scott) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 05, 1961 legacy.reporter (H. A. Freeman) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2011 Details
July 03, 2009 Gary Jue (Gary Jue) Pima County, Arizona, United States August 10, 2009 Details
June 29, 2009 legacy.reporter (Brian Banker) Cochise County, Arizona, United States July 10, 2009 Details
August 01, 1997 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
August 02, 1997 legacy.reporter (Kilian Roever) Cochise County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
April 19, 1996 legacy.reporter (Ray E. Stanford) Navajo County, Arizona, United States January 28, 2009 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Taos County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Colfax County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mora County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter McKinley County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Valencia County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Torrance County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Catron County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Socorro County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Hidalgo County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Grant County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Sierra County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Otero County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter San Juan County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Union County, New Mexico, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Mohave County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Yavapai County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Coconino County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Gila County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Apache County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Apache County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pinal County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Graham County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Pima County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Cochise County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Navajo County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter Maricopa County, Arizona, United States December 31, 2004 Details