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Species Polites peckius - Peck's Skipper - Hodges#4036

Peck's Skipper For Illinois In May - Polites peckius Peck's Skipper - Polites peckius Pair of Polites coras? - Polites peckius - male - female Peck's Skipper in October, Upstate New York - Polites peckius Not sure - Polites peckius Not sure - Polites peckius Which skipper? - Polites peckius Peck's Skipper? - Polites peckius
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Hesperioidea (Skippers)
Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Subfamily Hesperiinae (Grass Skippers)
Genus Polites
Species peckius (Peck's Skipper - Hodges#4036)
Hodges Number
4036
Other Common Names
Yellow Patch Skipper
Yellow Spotted Skipper
Yellow Spot Skipper
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Polites coras (senior synonym)
Papilio cora
Hesperia peckius
Hesperia wamsutta
Size
Wingspan 1 to 1.25"
Identification
Upperside of male is brown with reddish-orange patches; FW has a sinuous stigma. Female is darker with no stigma. Underside of the HW of both sexes has a patch of large yellow spots in the center surrounded by dark brown.
Range
"British Columbia east across southern Canada to Nova Scotia; south to northeastern Oregon, southern Colorado, northwest Arkansas, and northern Georgia"
Food
Larvae live in leaf shelters on their host plants - Rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides); probably bluegrass (Poa pratensis) and other grasses.
Adults feed on nectar from a wide variety of flowers.
Internet References
Butterflies and Moths of North America species account including map of confirmed county records.