Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Apache Skipper
Hesperia woodgatei (R.C. Williams, 1914)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Antennae are long with short clubs and a white ring at the base of each club. Upperside is dark red-brown with a wide, dark border and small inconspicuous light spots. Male forewing stigma has black "felt". Underside of hindwing is dark brown to dark olive with small rounded spots that are usually not connected.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 11/16 inches (3.2 - 4.3 cm).
Life History: Males perch on hilltops all day to watch for females, who lay their eggs singly on the host plant. Caterpillars eat leaves and live in silk shelters at the base of grass clumps, then overwinter in partially underground shelters.
Flight: One brood from September-October.
Caterpillar Hosts: Probably grasses.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Open oak-pine woodland, mountain meadows, open grassy slopes.
Range: Three separate populations New Mexico, and southern Colorado south to northwest Mexico; west Texas; and central Texas.
Conservation:
NCGR: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).
Management Needs:
Comments: NULL