least skipper

(Ancyloxypha numitor)

Conservation Status
least skipper
Photo by John Shier
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S5 - Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Least skipper caterpillar is green, slender, and less than ¾ long.

A plate (prothoracic shield) extends across the upper part of the first thoracic segment. The white, forward portion of the shield is about twice as wide as the black, rearward portion.

There is a white, two-segmented wax gland along the bottom of each side of abdominal sections 4, 5, and 6. There is a similar, one-segmented wax gland on abdominal segment 7.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Wingspan: ¾ to 1

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Wet meadows, marshes, slow streams

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Three broods from early June to late September

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Grasses

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Flower nectar

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

20, 21, 24, 29, 71.

 
  8/16/2019      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Hesperioidea (skippers)  
 

Family

Hesperiidae (skippers)  
 

Subfamily

Hesperiinae (grass skippers)  
 

Genus

Ancyloxypha  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Ancyloxypha longleyi

Hesperia bion

Heteropterus marginatus

Thymelicus puer

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

least skipper

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Least Skipper

Interesting wings. Different in design compared to other butterflies. Neat little butterfly. I see a fly of some sort also was resting on that leaf too. A little added diversity in the photograph.

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  Least Skipper - August 11, 2013
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Published on Aug 12, 2013

Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor), Vegetable Garden, Gagnon Wildlife Habitat, Somerset, Massachusetts, Saturday morning, August 11, 2013, 9:02 AM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_39836; 3:08 min.

   
       
  Skipper and Honeybee - August 17, 2013
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Published on Aug 23, 2013

Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor) and Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), Nectaring "Violet Opera" Dahlia (Dahlia variabilis) Flower, Butterfly Garden, Gagnon Wildlife Habitat, Somerset, Massachusetts, Saturday morning, August 17, 2013, 9:34 AM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_41100; 33 sec.

   
       

 

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Dan W. Andree
8/7/2019

Location: It was near a pond and grassy mixed area in rural Norman County, Mn.

Interesting wings. Different in design compared to other butterflies. Neat little butterfly. I see a fly of some sort also was resting on that leaf too. A little added diversity in the photograph.

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John Shier
7/31/2016

Location: Pine Bend Bluffs SNA

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