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