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Species Hesperia comma - Common Branded Skipper - Hodges#4020

Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma Skipper - Hesperia comma - male Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma Common Branded Skipper - Hesperia comma - female Common Branded Skipper (Hesperia comma hulbirti) - Hesperia comma - male Common Branded Skippe  - Hesperia comma Blue Skipper Butterfly - Hesperia comma Hesperia comma - male - female
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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)
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
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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.