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Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides)

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

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Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Gold Hill, Oregon
Lakewood, Washington

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Member Notes:

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Neutral Scorpioangel On Aug 1, 2006, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR
(Zone 7a) wrote:

Identification: Upperside is orange with toothed brown borders. Forewing has a black stigma (male) or a black diagonal band (female). Hindwing has a large reddish patch. Underside varies from yellow to reddish to brown; hindwing varies from unmarked to having a distinct band of cream to yellow spots.

Wing span: 1 - 1 1/4 inches (2.5 - 3.2 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Various grasses including Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), canary grass (Phalaris), wildrye (Elymus), and wheatgrass (Agropyron).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Grassy areas in chaparral, sagebrush, woodland, gardens, and small streams.

Range: Very common. British Columbia south to southern California; east to Montana, Colorado, and Arizona

Males perch on ridges in California and in gullies in Colorado to await females. First-stage caterpillars hibernate, complete their feeding the next spring, diapause in the summer as fully-grown caterpillars, then pupate and emerge as adults in the fall.


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