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Catherine Cr Rd, Wallowa Co, June 21

Peck's

Skipper

Polites peckius

Size: Up to 1.25 inch wingspan

Key ID features: Above, dark brown (males darker) with clusters of orange bars, and males with orange-brown on leading edge. FW below dark brown with mustard yellow patches. HW below mottled reddish brown with mustard yellow patches in connected bands.

Similar species: HW pattern below is unique.

Host plant: Grass species, Kentucky bluegrass, saltgrass, and bromes.

Habitat: Wet meadows, roadsides and riparian areas. 

Range:  Wallowa and Blue Mtns.

Season: Late June to early August

Abundance: Uncommon 

 

Conservation Status: Secure