Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Aaron's Skipper
Poanes aaroni (Skinner, 1890)


Family: Hesperiidae
Subfamily: Hesperiinae
Identification: Upperside is bright orange with wide black borders; male has a faint narrow stigma on the forewing. Underside of hindwing is orange-tan with a pale streak in the center from the base to the outer margin.
Wing Span: 1 5/16 - 1 11/16 inches (3.3 - 4.3 cm).
Life History: Not reported.
Flight: Two broods from May-September in the north; probably several broods from April-October in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Possibly smooth cordgrass (Spartina alternifolia var. glabra).
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers including pickerelweed, salt marsh fleabane, and coreopsis.
Habitat: Coastal salt marshes.
Range: Patchy distribution along the Atlantic coast from New Jersey south to south peninsular Florida.
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