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Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Ancyloxypha
Species: numitor


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Divernon, Illinois
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Cincinnati, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 6, 2015, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

How I deal with insects is they are innocent until proven guilty. I've groaned a time or two because I did not give something the squish, but it has saved me from accidentally killing a native insect.

This was an unknown when I saw it feeding on my Sweet Joe Pye. This butterfly was so tiny, but was very cooperative for photo taking. I even touched its wings in hopes of getting them to open up, even just for a quick look, but the dear was hungry and paid me no mind. Do insects recognize when a human is not a threat???

After the photo shoot, I went inside to check out my field guides. The closest match in Kaufmann's insect guide was the European Skipper, but a very similar insect was this Least Skipper found in another guide. To the untrained eye, they l... read more


On Jun 18, 2007, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a tiny little guy that is hard to photograph. It tends to prefer the interiors of plants and tends to hang from the undersides of the leaves.

It's range is the Eastern US and Canada, north and west to Saskatchewan.