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Close-up photo of live Mardon Skipper (Polites mardon) ventral view

Soda Mtn Rd, Jackson Co, July 5 - ssp. klamathensis


Polites mardon

Size: Up to 1 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Compact, rounded wings. Above orange and brown, males with small stigmata. HW below brown with neat arc of yellow bars forming a curved band, and one or two additional light spots near wing base.

Similar species: HW pattern below is somewhat similar to Sonoran Skipper, which has longer, narrower wings and HW spots that are more rounded and less distinct.

Host plant: Grass species, especially fescues, including Idaho fescue (Festuca idahoensis), red fescue (Festuca rubra) and Roemer's fescue (Festuca roemeri).

Habitat: Ponderosa pine openings, Ceanothus patches. 

Range:  Coastal Curry County, Cascade Siskiyou National Monument.

Season: Mid-May to early August

Abundance: Rare 


Conservation Status: Federal Species of Concern; designated Imperiled in Oregon 

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