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close-up photo of adult Sonoran Skipper butterfly

Summit Meadows, LaneCo, August 13


Polites sonora

Size: Up to 1.25 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Above orangish-brown,  with darker reddish brown border, and vague light spot band on HW. Males with black stigmata with adjacent dark patches on FW, female FW with dark patch surrounded by yellowish spots. HW below brown with arc of pale yellow bars forming a curved band, and  an elongated light spot near wing base. HW bars somewhat rounded with indistinct edges.

Similar species: HW pattern below is somewhat similar to Mardon Skipper, which has shorter, broader wings and HW spots that are angular and more distinct.

Host plant: Various grass species.

Habitat: Flowery meadows and pastures, forest openings, roadsides, streambanks. 

Range:  Cascade Range, Siskiyou Mtns, Klamath Mtns, Warner Mtns, Ochoco Mtns, Blue Mtns, Wallowa Mtns, Willamette Valley.

Season: Late May to late August

Abundance: Common 


Conservation Status: Secure

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