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Bay Skipper (Euphyes bayensis)

Bay Skipper (Euphyes bayensis Shuey)

Wing span: 1 1/2 -1 3/4 inches (3.7 - 4.4 cm).

Identification: Very similar to Dion Skipper but males have more extensive orange and narrower black borders to wings above.

Life history: Not reported but probably similar to that of Dion Skipper.

Flight: Two flights in May and September.

Caterpillar hosts: Not reported.

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Brackish sawgrass marshes along coast.

Range: Coastal Mississippi.

Conservation: Monitor populations and preserve habitats.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G1G3- Critically imperiled because of extreme rarity (5 or fewer occurrences), or very few remaining individuals to Very rare or local throughout its range or found locally in a restricted range

Management needs: No specific needs reported.


Opler, P. A. and V. Malikul. 1992. A field guide to eastern butterflies. Peterson 
     field guide #4. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston. 396 pages, 48 color plates.

Author: Paul A. Opler

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