Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Species Hesperia comma - Common Branded Skipper - Hodges#4020

Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma - female Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma Hesperia? - Hesperia comma Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma - female Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma - female Skipper - Hesperia comma
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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)
Tribe Hesperiini
Genus Hesperia (Branded Skippers)
Species comma (Common Branded Skipper - Hodges#4020)
Hodges Number
4020
Size
25-28mm
Identification
Ventral, orange to brown with bold white spots.
Range
From northern New England across Canada to Alaska, west from California over to New Mexico.
Habitat
Open grassy areas.
Season
May to September depending on location and elevation. Peak flight is July to August.
Food
Grasses
Life Cycle
One brood, larva overwinters.
See Also
Leonard's Skipper has a single white spot in the central hindwing, Common Branded has 2 irregular white spots.
Print References
(1) (2) (3) (4)
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of the East Coast : An Observer's Guide
Rick Cech, Guy Tudor. 2005. Princeton University Press.
2.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
3.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
4.Butterflies Through Binoculars: The West : A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Western North America (Butterflies and Others Thr
Jeffrey Glassberg. 2001. Oxford University Press.