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Butterflies of California -- Hesperia lindseyi

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Butterflies of California

Lindsey's Skipper (Hesperia lindseyi)
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Lindsey's Skipper (Hesperia lindseyi [Holland])

Wing span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 inches (2.9 - 3.2 cm).

Identification: Upperside of male is bright yellow-orange with a narrow dark border and few pale spots. Upperside of female is duller with more light spots; those on the forewing are transparent. Underside of both sexes is light- to greenish-orange. Hindwing has pale veins and a band of large irregular pale spots.

Life history: To find receptive females, males patrol all day above the grass with a slow flight, and sometimes perch. Females lay eggs singly on tree lichens (Usnea florida) or lupine (Lupinus bicolor); the eggs overwinter. Caterpillars emerge in the spring and feed on leaves, making shelters of leaves tied with silk.

Flight: One brood from May-July.

Caterpillar hosts: Idaho fescue (Festuca idahoensis), California oat grass (Danthonia californica), and rattail fescue (Vulpia megalura).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Grassy foothills, chaparral, and oak woodland.

Range: Pacific Slope, Oregon south to Riverside County, California.

Conservation: All populations should be conserved wherever they are found.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G3 - Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range (21 to 100 occurrences). (Threatened throughout its range).

Management needs: None reported.

References:

Scott, J. A. 1986. The butterflies of North America. Stanford University Press, 
     Stanford, Calif. 583 pages, 64 color plates.

Stanford, R. E. and P. A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of western USA butterflies including 
     adjacent parts of Canada and Mexico. Denver and Fort Collins, CO. 

Tilden, J. W. 1986. A field guide to western butterflies. Houghton-Mifflin Co., 
     Boston, Mass. 370 pages, 23 color plates.

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

State and Regional References:

Brown, J.W., Real, H.G., and D.K. Faulkner. 1992. Butterflies of Baja 
     California. Lepidoptera Research Foundation, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Comstock, J.A. 1927. Butterflies of California. Privately published, Los 
     Angeles, Calif. [Facsimile available from 	Entomological Reprint 
     Specialists, Los Angeles, Calif.]

Dameron, W. 1997. Searching for butterflies in southern California.
     Flutterby Press, Los Angeles, Calif.

Emmel, T.C. Editor. 1998. Systematics of western North American butterflies.
     Mariposa Press, Gainesville, Florida.

Emmel, T. C. and J. F. Emmel. 1973. The Butterflies of Southern California. 
     Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Science Series No. 26.

Garth, J.S. and J.W. Tilden. 1986. California Butterflies.  California Natural
     History Guide 51. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los 
     Angeles.
     
Langston, R.L. 1981. The Rhopalocera of Santa Cruz Island, California. Journal
     of Research on the Lepidoptera 18: 24-35.     

Miller, Scott E. 1985. Butterflies of the Califorenia Channel Islands. Journal
     of the Research on the Lepidoptera 23: 282-296.     

Opler, Paul A. 1999. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies, revised 
     edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.

Orsak, L.J. 1977. The Butterflies of Orange County, California. Museum of 
     Systematic Biology, University of california, Irvine.

Stanford, R.E. and P.A. Opler. 1993. Atlas of Western USA Butterflies. 
     Privately published, Denver, Colo.

Steiner, J. 1990. Bay Area Butterflies: The Distribution and Natural History 
     of San Francisco Region Rhopalocera. Hayward, Calif.: Hayward State 
     University, Masters Thesis.

Tilden, J.W. and A.C. Smith. 1986. A Field Guide to Western Butterflies. 
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.

Tilden, J.W. 1965. Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay Region. California 
     Natural History Guide 12. University of California Press, Berkeley and 
     Los Angeles.
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