Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok)

Hobomok Skipper

Photograph by Carol Muth

Hobomok Skipper (Poanes hobomok) is an insect in the Skipper (Hespertiidae) family. This small butterfly has a wingspan of one inch (2.54 centimeters) to 1¾ inches (4.5 centimeters). The male has orange wings with brown to black edges. The underside of the wings are similar except that the hind wings have a purple-gray inner margin. The female has two forms. The nominal female has duller upper sides and less orange than the male. The pocahontas form has dull purple-black wings instead of orange with some dull white spots on the forewings.

The females lays one batch of eggs per season on grasses on which the greenish caterpillars feed. The adults sip the nectars of plants.

Hobomok Skippers fly from spring to midsummer.

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