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  • Sachem Skipper - (Atalopedes campestris)

    Sachem Skipper - (Atalopedes campestris)

    Sachem Skippers are common and prolific with multiple populations reaching all of North America's states and provinces.

    Staff Writer (9/27/2017): Sachem Skippers can be found all year round in warm, southern regions like Florida and Mexico. Some migrate north into Canada, making this species a true North American. It is one of the "three wizards", a trio of fast-flying, orange butterflies often seen together, usually in the South. Whirlabouts and Fiery Skippers make up the rest of the trifecta. Sachem Skippers can be mistaken for Hesperia Skippers, a subfamily with similar features yet straighter antennae. Female Sachems might also be mistaken for Leonard's Skipper, but the Sachem's spots are lighter and more transparent.

    Sachems are grass skippers. Their caterpillars feed on Bermuda and St. Augustine grasses, as well as crabgrass and goosegrass. The caterpillar is a dark greenish-brown to black with a black head. Adults drink nectar from shrubs and herbs. They are agile and quick. Look for them in flower gardens, backyards, parks, fields, meadows and rural areas. Areas where both larval and adult food sources are a good place to start searching.

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    Sachem Skipper

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Sachem Skipper
    Scientific Name: Atalopedes campestris

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Herperiidae
           Genus: Atalopedes
            Species: campestris

    Size (Adult, Length): 18mm to 28mm (0.71in to 1.10in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, brown, black

    Additional Descriptors: flying, quick, small, furry, fast

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; 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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