Woodland Skipper

Ochlodes sylvanoides

The Woodland Skipper is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from British Columbia south to southern California, east to Montana, Colorado and Arizona.
A Woodland Skipper! Busy! Canada,Geotagged,Ochlodes sylvanoides,Summer

Appearance

The wingspan is 25-32 mm. The upperside is orange with toothed brown borders. The forewing of the males has a black stigma, while females have or a black diagonal band. There is a large reddish patch on the hindwings. The underside is variable in colour, ranging from yellow to reddish to brown. The hindwing varies from unmarked to having a distinct band of cream to yellow spots. Adults feed on flower nectar.
Woodland skipper, slightly damaged  Geotagged,Ochlodes sylvanoides,Summer,United States,Woodland Skipper

Naming

*"Ochlodes sylvanoides sylvanoides"
⤷ "Ochlodes sylvanoides pratincola"
⤷ "Ochlodes sylvanoides napa"
⤷ "Ochlodes sylvanoides bonnevilla" Scott, 1981 -Bonneville Skipper
⤷ "Ochlodes sylvanoides orecoasta" Scott, 1981 -Oregon Coast Skipper
⤷ "Ochlodes sylvanoides santacruza" Scott, 1981
⤷ "Ochlodes sylvanoides omnigena" Austin, 1998
⤷ "Ochlodes sylvanoides catalina" Emmel & Emmel, 1998
Woodland Skipper’s Proboscis! The proboscis of the butterfly has been described as “a combination of a drinking straw and a nano sponge” by some researchers. Canada,Geotagged,Ochlodes sylvanoides,Woodland Skipper

Food

The larvae feed on various Poaceae species, including "Cynodon dactylon", "Phalaris", "Elymus" and "Agropyron" species.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyHesperiidae
GenusOchlodes
SpeciesO. sylvanoides