Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Wandering Skipper
Panoquina errans (Skinner, 1892)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is olive-brown; forewing with a row of small clear spots; hindwing without markings. Underside of hindwing is brown with a short curved row of 3-5 pale spots.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).
Life History: To await receptive females, males perch on beach grasses. Females lay eggs on the host and on other plants. Caterpillars spend the day in shelters of rolled or tied leaves and feed on leaves at night.
Flight: June-September in California.
Caterpillar Hosts: Seashore saltgrass (Distichlis spicata).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Salt marshes.
Range: Coastal southern California, coastal Baja California, and mainland western Mexico.
Conservation: Populations and their habitats should be conserved wherever found.
NCGR: G2 - Imperiled globally because of rarity (6 to 20 occurrences), or because of other factors demonstrably making it very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range. (Endangered throughout its range).
Management Needs: None reported.
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