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Tawny-edge Skipper (Polites themistocles)

The Tawny-edged Skipper is dark brown with a golden orange edging along the upper margin of the forewing. It is an exciting little skipper to see darting through the grass and wildflowers. The males wait patiently for females in low grassy areas where eggs are commonly laid. If you catch a sight of this fun skipper in your garden, sit back and enjoy the quick darting flight of the Tawny-edged Skipper.

Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Subfamily: Grass Skipper (Hesperiinae)

Average Wingspan: 7/8" - 1 1/2"

Habitat: Pastures, lawns, road edges, meadows, suburbs

Similar To: Crossline 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

Tawny-edge Skipper Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Male (open wing) - Nature Pals
Male (closed wing) - Fred Miller

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