Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Two-spotted Skipper
Euphyes bimacula (Grote & Robinson, 1867)

Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Forewings are pointed, fringe is white. Underside of head and body are white. Upperside is dark brown; male forewing with reddish orange patch, female forewing with 2 pale spots. Underside of hindwing is orange-brown with pale veins and a white anal fold.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 5/8 inches (3.2 - 4.2 cm).
Life History: Males perch within 3 feet of the ground in sedge marshes to watch for females. Caterpillars eat leaves and live in nests of rolled or tied leaves. Half-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One brood in the north from June-July; two broods in the south from May-August.
Caterpillar Hosts: Hairyfruit sedge (Carex trichocarpa).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including pickerelweed, sweet pepperbush, blue flag, common milkweed, and spiraea.
Habitat: Marshes, bogs, wet streamsides, and wet sedge meadows.
Range: Northeast Colorado and western Nebraska; eastern Nebraska east to southern Quebec; southern Maine south to central Virginia; coastal plain south to Georgia; the Gulf Coast.
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.
Comments: NULL
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