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  • Zabulon Skipper - (Poanes zabulon)

    Zabulon Skipper - (Poanes zabulon)


    Staff Writer (8/16/2017): Zabulon Skippers are butterflies that prefer woody areas and a nearby water source. This means they can be found in rural areas as well as parks and nature reserves in more urban environments. Coloring is different between males and females. Males tend to have more yellow on their forewings while females are more brown. Males wait and look for females by resting on tall shrubs or other structures that offer peripheral views. Adults drink nectar from flowers that may be exotic or native to the region they live in. Look for them on honeysuckles, clover, Joe-Pye weed and thistles.

    Caterpillars feed on grasses, both tall and short. Two generations can be produced in one year. This means adults can be seen flying from spring through autumn.

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    Zabulon Skipper

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Zabulon Skipper
    Scientific Name: Poanes zabulon

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Hesperiidae
           Genus: Poanes
            Species: zabulon

    Size (Adult, Length): 35mm to 42mm (1.38in to 1.65in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, brown, yellow, gray, white

    Additional Descriptors: flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; 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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