Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)

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

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Benton, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Owensboro, Kentucky
Concord, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee
Onley, Virginia
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Members' Notes:

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Positive

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

Sometimes confused with moths, Skippers are an ancient form of butterfly.

The Broad-winged Skipper likes tall grasses and wetlands. The adults feed on nectar and the caterpillars eat grass and weeds.

They have a habit of resting with their hind wings horizontal and their fore wings held at an angle, making them look like tiny little fighter jets.

Positive

On Sep 21, 2008, iris28 from (dana)Owensboro, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

these are so cute ive been seeing at least 3 to a flower on my coneflowers . i love going out in the morning and seeing them

Positive

On Nov 1, 2012, themikesmom wrote:

We enjoy seeing these, we did not know that they are an ancient form of butterfly. They are really interesting.