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Species Hesperia sassacus - Indian Skipper - Hodges#4033

Indian Skipper - Hesperia sassacus - male Indian Skipper - Hesperia sassacus - male Indian Skipper - Hesperia sassacus - male Indian Skipper MN - Hesperia sassacus - female Indian Skipper MN - Hesperia sassacus - female Skipper? - Hesperia sassacus Unknown Skipper - Hesperia sassacus Indian Skipper - Hesperia sassacus
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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 sassacus (Indian Skipper - Hodges#4033)
Hodges Number
4033
Size
32-35mm wingspan
Identification
Ventrally, chevron shaped light markings, not well defined in males, but more distinct in females.
Dorsally, male has a black stigma on FW, and female FW mostly orange. Both gender have a dark oval at the apex of the FW. HW mostly orange.
Range
From Nova Scotia accross the northerm US to Minnesota, south to Pennsylvania, and down the Appalachians to NC.
Habitat
Grassy areas with nectar sources.
Season
May-June
Food
Grasses
Life Cycle
One brood, larva overwinters.
See Also
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 Through Binoculars: The East
Jeffrey Glassberg. 1999. Oxford University Press.
3.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.