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Close-up photo of adult Arctic Skipper butterfly

Lookout Cr Rd, Lane Co, May 26


Carterocephalus skada

Size: Up to 1 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Small and boldly marked.  Above dark brown with many light orange patches on both wings. Below FW light orange with brown patches, HW darker orange with white or pale yellow spots with dark rims.

Similar species: No other similar species (small skipper with orange spots on brown wings) in Oregon.

Host plant: Grass species.

Habitat: Forest openings, grassy meadows, streambanks, riparian areas--usually near water. 

Range:  NE Blue Mtns, Wallowa Mtns, Cascade Range, northern Coast Range, and isolated Coast Range populations in Coos and Benton counties.

Season: Mid-April to early August

Abundance: Common 


Conservation Status: Secure 

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