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    Fiery Skipper - (Hylephila phyleus)

    The Fiery Skipper is a bright butterfly with big eyes and a flight posture that looks more like soaring than fluttering.

    Staff Writer (1/13/2014): This species can be seen flying on grass (lawns), fields, bushes and forest openings. Though a butterfly, this small species is sometimes mistaken for a moth. They are active from spring through late autumn and very common in the Midwest and the Northeast.

    The caterpillar may be a variety of colors ranging from brown to green. It has a large head and a brown stripe that runs down its back. This species feeds on grasses of all kinds including ornamental ones. Two generations of the Fiery Skipper can be born in one year; more can be counted in warmer climates.

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    Fiery Skipper

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Fiery Skipper
    Scientific Name: Hylephila phyleus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Hesperiidae
           Genus: Hylephila
            Species: phyleus

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 38mm (0.98in to 1.50in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow; orange; brown; black

    Additional Descriptors: spots, flying, soaring

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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