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Butterflies of North America -- Poanes aaroni

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Aaron's Skipper (Poanes aaroni)
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Aaron's Skipper (Poanes aaroni [Skinner])

Wing span: 1 5/16 - 1 11/16 inches (3.3 - 4.3 cm).

Identification: Upperside is bright orange with wide black borders; male has a faint narrow stigma on the forewing. Underside of hindwing is orange-tan with a pale streak in the center from the base to the outer margin.

Life history: Not reported.

Flight: Two broods from May-September in the north; probably several broods from April-October in Florida.

Caterpillar hosts: Possibly smooth cordgrass (Spartina alternifolia var. glabra).

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including pickerelweed, salt marsh fleabane, and coreopsis.

Habitat: Coastal salt marshes.

Range: Patchy distribution along the Atlantic coast from New Jersey south to south peninsular Florida.

Conservation: Not usually required.

The Nature Conservancy Global Rank: G4 - Apparently secure globally, though it might be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.

Management needs: None reported.

References:

Opler, P. A. and G. O. Krizek. 1984. Butterflies east of the Great Plains. Johns 
     Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. 294 pages, 54 color plates.

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.

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

Author: Jane M. Struttmann

Aaron's Skipper (Poanes aaroni)
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