Skipper Butterfly on Calamagrostis

A skipper butterfly enjoys the sunshine on Calamagrostis brachytricha, fall blooming reedgrass. Skippers lay eggs on grasses and their larva feed almost exclusively on grasses; skipper antennae have small clubs at the tips and their wings are folded differently from most butterflies. They often dart or skip in flight, luckily the cool morning probably slowed this one, allowing me to photograph it up close.

skipper on Calamagrostis


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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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