Hesperiidae: Skippers

Subfamily Pyrginae — Spread-winged Skippers

Link Butterfly and host plant
Link to Epargyreus clarus californicus page Epargyreus clarus californicus - 'California' Silver-spotted Skipper
Pea family inc. Lotus spp.
Link to Cecropterus pylades indistinctus page Cecropterus pylades indistinctus - Northern Cloudywing
False Indigo (Amorpha fruticosa), other legumes
Link to Pholisora catullus catullus page Pholisora catullus catullus - Common Sootywing
Various Pigweeds and Amaranths
Link to Pholisora catullus crestar page Pholisora catullus crestar - Common Sootywing
Various Pigweeds and Amaranths
Link to Hesperopsis libya libya page Hesperopsis libya libya - Mojave Sootywing
Saltbush, esp. Atriplex canescens
no photos yet Hesperopsis libya joaquina - San Joaquin Valley Mojave Sootywing
Saltbush
no photos yet Hesperopsis alpheus oricus - 'Alpheus' Saltbush Sootywing
Saltbush (Atriplex canescens)
Link to page of photographs and information about Hesperopsis gracielae, MacNeill's saltbush sootywing skipper Hesperopsis gracielae - MacNeill's Saltbush Sootywing
Saltbush (Atriplex lentiformis)
Link to Erynnis brizo lacustra page Erynnis brizo lacustra - 'Wright's' Sleepy Duskywing
Oaks - here Muller's Scrub Oak (Quercus cornelius-mulleri)
no photos yet Erynnis brizo burgessi - 'Burgess's' Sleepy Duskywing
Scrub Oaks in the E. Mojave desert ranges
Erynnis propertius Erynnis propertius - Propertius Duskywing
Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
Link to photographs of Erynnis meridianus Erynnis meridianus meridianus - Meridian Duskywing
Oaks, in Keystone Cyn, New York Mtns
Link to Erynnis tristis tristis page Erynnis tristis tristis - Mournful Duskywing
Oaks inc. Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
Link to Erynnis pacuvius callidus page Erynnis pacuvius callidus - 'Artful' Pacuvius Duskywing
Various Ceanothus spp. inc. Ceanothus cordulatus
Link to Erynnis pacuvius lilius page Erynnis pacuvius lilius - Dyer's Pacuvius Duskywing
Ceanothus spp.
Link to Erynnis funeralis page Erynnis funeralis - Funereal Duskywing
Deerweed (Lotus scoparius), Desert Ironwood (Olneya tesota), others
Link to Erynnis afranius page Erynnis afranius - Afranius Duskywing
Nevada Lotus (Lotus nevadensis), Spanish Clover (Lotus purshianus)
no photos yet Erynnis persius borealis - Persius Duskywing
Golden Banner (Thermopsis montana), lupines, other legumes
Link to Systasea zampa page Systasea zampa - Arizona Powdered Skipper
Rock Hibiscus (Hibiscus denudatus), Palmer Abutilon (Abutilon palmeri), Yellow Feltplant (Horsfordia newberryi)
Link to Pyrgus ruralis ruralis page Pyrgus ruralis ruralis - Two-banded Checkered-Skipper
Cinquefoils and horkelias
Link to Pyrgus ruralis lagunae page Pyrgus ruralis lagunae - Laguna Mountain Skipper
Cleveland's Horkelia (Horkelia clevelandii)
no photos yet Pyrgus scriptura scriptura - Small Checkered-Skipper
Alkali Mallow (Malvella leprosa)
Link to Pyrgus scriptura apertorum page Pyrgus scriptura apertorum - Small Checkered-Skipper
Apricot Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)
Link to Burnsius albescens page Burnsius albescens - White Checkered-Skipper
Mallows
Link to Heliopetes ericetorum page Heliopetes ericetorum - Northern White-Skipper
Mallows
Others
Polygonus leo arizonensis - Rare stray; influx species in AZ most years.
Urbanus proteus proteus - No so. Cal. records since 1992; occasionally breeds in AZ but rare there.
Staphylus ceos - very rare stray; AZ resident.
Burnsius communis communis - gets into so. Cal., but indistinguishable from albescens without genitalic examination.
Heliopyrgus domicella domicella - old records of strays to Anza-Borrego, Colo. River. AZ resident.

Subfamily Megathyminae — Giant Skippers

Link Butterfly and host plant
no photos yet Agathymus gentryi - Gentry's Giant Skipper
Agave deserti - Desert Agave
Link to Agathymus stephensi page Agathymus stephensi - California Giant Skipper -
Agave deserti - Desert Agave
Link to Megathymus yuccae martini page Megathymus yuccae martini - 'Martin's' Yucca Giant Skipper
Yuccas - schidigera and brevifolia
no photos yet Megathymus yuccae harbisoni - 'Harbison's' Yucca Giant Skipper
Mojave yucca (Yucca schidigera)
 

Subfamily Hesperiinae — Grass Skippers

Link Butterfly and host plant
Link to Copaeodes aurantiaca page Copaeodes aurantiaca - Orange Skipperling
Grasses
Link to Panoquina errans page Panoquina errans - Wandering Skipper
Usually Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata)
Link to Lerodea eufala page Lerodea eufala eufala - Eufala Skipper
Grasses
Link to Hylephila phyleus page Hylephila phyleus phyleus - Fiery Skipper
Grasses inc. Bermuda
no photos yet Pseudocopaeodes eunus eunus - Alkali Skipper
Desert Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata var stricta)
no photos yet Pseudocopaeodes eunus alinea - Alkali Skipper
Desert Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata var stricta)
no photos yet Pseudocopaeodes eunus flavus - Yellow Alkali Skipper
Desert Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata var stricta)
Link to Hesperia juba page Hesperia juba - Juba Skipper
Grasses
Link to Hesperia colorado idaho page Hesperia colorado idaho - Great Basin Branded Skipper
Grasses
Link to Hesperia colorado tildeni page Hesperia colorado tildeni - Tilden's Branded Skipper
Grasses, esp. Malpais Blue Grass
Link to Hesperia colorado leussleri page Hesperia colorado leussleri - Leussler's Branded Skipper
Grasses
no photos yet Hesperia pahaska martini - Pahaska Skipper
Blue Grama Grass, other grasses - NY Mtns.
Link to page with Hesperia columbia photographs Hesperia columbia - Columbian Skipper
June Grass (Koeleria cristata
no photos yet Hesperia lindseyi lindseyi - Lindsey's Skipper
Blue Bunch Grass and Oat Grass
Link to Polites sabuleti sabuleti page Polites sabuleti sabuleti - Sandhill Skipper
Grasses, inc. Salt Grass (Distichlis spicata)
no photos yet Polites sabuleti channelensis - Channel Islands Skipper
Desert Salt Grass (Distichlis spicata var stricta); Santa Rosa Island
no photos yet Polites sabuleti tecumseh - Tecumseh Skipper
Salt Grass (Distichlis spicata)
Polites sabuleti chusca Polites sabuleti chusca - Chusca Skipper
Desert Salt Grass (Distichlis spicata var stricta)
Link to Polites sonora sonora page Polites sonora sonora - Sonora Skipper
Grasses
Link to Atalopedes campestris campestris page Atalopedes campestris campestris - Sachem or Field Skipper
Grasses
Link to Poanes melane melane page Poanes melane melane - Umber Skipper
Grasses
link to Ochlodes sylvanoides sylvanoides page with photos and information about the Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides sylvanoides - Woodland Skipper
Grasses, esp. rye
no photos yet Ochlodes sylvanoides santacruza - Woodland Skipper
Grass; Santa Cruz Island
no photos yet Ochlodes sylvanoides catalina - 'Catalina' Woodland Skipper
Grasses, esp. rye; Catalina Island
Link to Ochlodes agricola agricola page Ochlodes agricola agricola - Rural Skipper
Grasses
Link to Ochlodes agricola nemorum page Ochlodes agricola nemorum - Forest Skipper
Grasses
no photos yet Ochlodes agricola verus - Verus Skipper
Grasses
no photos yet Ochlodes yuma yuma - Yuma Skipper
Grasses; far E. San Bernardino Co.
no photos yet Euphyes vestris harbisoni - 'Harbison's' Dun Skipper
San Diego Sedge (Carex spissa) in southern California
Others
Nastra julia - Extirpated from so. Cal.; formerly ranged southward from Blythe.
Hylephila phyleus muertovalle - Pelham and others haven't accepted this lighter ssp. named by Scott as a valid taxon.
Hesperia colorado Fall Sierra Nevada seg. - Undescribed; in Ken's Emmel Update book.
Polites carus - Apparently extirpated from Colo. River area.
 

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