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A close-up photo of a Columbian Skipper butterfly

Kinney Cr Rd, Jackson Co, May 27


Hesperia columbia

Size: Up to 1.4 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Above, bright orange often with deeply toothed dark border, male with dark stigmata on FW, female with dark patch in same location. Below greenish tan with reduced disjointed white bands, inner band reduced to a couple of spots.

Similar species: Other grass skippers have bolder, more extensive white bands below.

Host plant: Various grass species.

Habitat: Dry shrubby habitats. 

Range:  Jackson County and southern Josephine County.

Season: Early May to mid-October

Abundance: Uncommon 


Conservation Status: Secure 

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