Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1111028

Umber Skipper
Poanes melane

Observation date: October 15, 2016
Submitted by: A.Y.Liang
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Mature, fifth instar larva of Poanes melane (umber skipper), reared from an egg on Cynodon dactylon (Bermuda grass). The egg was collected on the same host along with several others on 10/15/16 despite the late season and overcast weather; the photographs displayed here were taken on 1/14/17. Larvae from this clutch comfortably tolerated low temperatures of 13-16°C in captivity as well as high humidity and poor host plant quality. Larvae constructed shelters by binding grass blades together with silk and were modest feeders, growing slowly but steadily. Identification is positive, as one of the other larvae from this clutch has been reared to an adult.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: January 25, 2017
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Alameda County