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Yehl Skipper (Poanes yehl)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Yehl Skipper



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Found in the Southeast states, the Yehl Skipper resembles its other wetland-loving relatives.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Two of the wings of the Yehl are held upward and the other two are held out sideways. This wing position creates a unique resting profile compared to moths and butterflies. This particular Skipper is not often seen as its habitat is marshy wetlands that are not usually inhabited by people. What it feeds on is unknown, but it does have a larger range than many of its close relatives. Like others in the Poanes genus, a dark brown border surrounds the wings. The interior is filled with an orange patch, and smaller orange bars lay near the wing tips. Males have more orange coloring by the head compared to females, but females are slightly paler in hue. Both are small and good fliers.



General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Hesperiidae
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          Genus: Poanes
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            Species: yehl
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Poanes yehl
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 20mm to 30mm (0.78" to 1.18")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; orange; yellow
Descriptors: wetland; swamp; 4 wings; sideways wings; flying; small
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 20mm (0.8in) and 30mm (1.2in)
Lo: 20mm
Md: 25mm
Hi: 30mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Yehl Skipper may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Yehl Skipper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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