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Close-up photo of live Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba) ventral view

Whychus Cr Canyon, Deschutes Co, May 14



Hesperia juba

Size: Up to 1.5 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Above, male brownish orange with jagged line of light orange spots, dark brown edges, like teeth pointing inward, dark stigmata.  Above female brown with jagged row of light orange spots, some almost white spots near wing tip, also with dark brown edges, like teeth pointing inward. Below greenish gray with disjointed white bands, lowest patch of white on outer band displaced inwardly (but not as strongly as Nevada Skipper).

Similar species: On HW below Nevada Skipper has the lowest segment of the outer white spot band more strongly offset.

Host plant: Bunchgrass species.

Habitat: Sage habitats, roadsides, dry woodland openings. 

Range:  All of Oregon except north Coast Range and coast.

Season: Mid-April to early October

Abundance: Uncommon 


Conservation Status: Secure 

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