On Sep 7, 2007, debnes_dfw_tx from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
The Dusted Skipper is lightly scattered about most of the states except in the west. They have one brood in the north from May-June, and 2 in Florida from Mar-Oct. The females lay their eggs on leaves of Little Bluestem, (Andropogon scoparius), and Big Bluestem, (A. gerardi). When caterpillars hatch they build small tents by silking leaves on host together around themselves. Full grown cats then pupate in leaf litter below for about 8 days in spring/summer. In fall they hibernate or (overwinter) in their crysalids within a sealed nest under the leaf litter.
Similar species: Clouded Skipper
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