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Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

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


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Canoga Park, California
Lutz, Florida
Algonquin, Illinois
Princeton, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Rossville, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Greensboro, North Carolina
Thomasville, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Summerville, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Keller, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Onley, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Sep 10, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Said to be among the most ancient form of the butterly, the Skipper is sometimes confused with moths.

The Fiery Skipper can be found throughout most of the US and is quite common.

The caterpillar feeds on lawn grasses and actually prefers Bermuda.

The adults are quite active and are seldom still. A favored resting position is with the hind wings horizontal and the fore wings partially open, giving them the appearance of a little fighter jet.