Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)

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Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)

These delightful little skippers are quick low-fliers that spend much of their time near the ground. They nectar mostly on purple, white, and pink flowers and are usually seen in drier habitats.

The males can be seen puddling near small wet patches, sipping nutrients from the ground. In the afternoons, the Crossline Skippers can be found courting and looking for mates.

These fine skippers are a wonderful visitor to have to any garden or landscaping.

Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Subfamily: Grass Skipper (Hesperiinae)

Average Wingspan: 1" - 1 1/2"

Habitat: Grassy areas, meadows, gardens

Similar To: Tawny-edge Skipper

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Crossline Skipper Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Fred Miller

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