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Species Euphyes vestris - Dun Skipper - Hodges#4078

Lake Luzerne NY vacation Jul 2005 - Euphyes vestris Skipper - Euphyes vestris Butterfly #4 at Great Swamp NJ - Euphyes vestris - male Skipper - Euphyes vestris Dun Skipper? - Euphyes vestris skipper 3 - Euphyes vestris Beautiful Skipper on Swamp Milkweed - Euphyes vestris Hesperiidae - Euphyes vestris
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Subfamily Hesperiinae (Grass Skippers)
Genus Euphyes
Species vestris (Dun Skipper - Hodges#4078)
Hodges Number
4078
Explanation of Names
Euphyes vestris (Boisduval, 1852)
Size
Wingspan: 29-35 mm
Identification
Small chocolate-brown butterfly with few markings.
Underside of hind wing either unmarked or with a faint spot-band.
Upperside of forewing with a black diagonal line (male) or several small whitish spots (female).
Range
e NA, w/ spotty distribution through much of w. NA - Map (MPG)
Habitat
Moist woodland edges.
Food
Larvae feed on sedges.
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a third-instar larva.
See Also
Monk Skipper - found only in Florida. Larvae feed on palms, not sedges. Adults are larger than Dun Skipper (45mm wingspan vs. 35mm or less).
Print References
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Works Cited
1.Butterflies of Florida Field Guide (Our Nature Field Guides)
Jaret C. Daniels. 2003. Adventure Publications.