tawny-edged skipper

(Polites themistocles)

Conservation Status
tawny-edged skipper
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist grassy areas including prairie swales, pastures, lawns, roadsides, and vacant lots.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

One brood from June to July.

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

Panic grass and Kentucky bluegrass.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Nectar from flowers including alfalfa, chicory, narrow-leaved purple coneflower, red clover, dogbane, and thistle.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 20, 21, 29, 30, 71, 82.

 
  5/23/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

 

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  
 

Suborder

Glossata  
 

Infraorder

Neolepidoptera  
  Parvorder Heteroneura  
  No Rank Ditrysia  
  No Rank Obtectomera  
 

Superfamily

Papilionoidea (butterflies)  
 

Family

Hesperiidae (skippers)  
 

Subfamily

Hesperiinae (grass skippers)  
 

Genus

Polites  
       
 

Skippers have traditionally been placed in their own superfamily Hesperioidea because of their morphological similarity. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Kawahara and Breinholt [2014]) suggests that they share the same common ancestor as other butterfly families, and thus belong in the superfamily, Papilionoidea.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

tawny-edged skipper

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Dun Skipper, Little Glassywing, Northern Broken-Dash, Crossline Skipper, and Tawny-edged Skipper

 
       

 

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