Pepper and Salt Skipper
Wingspan is 1 - 1 3/16 inches.
Along streams in forest glades and edges, logging roads, power line clearings
and dirt roads along moist forests.
Uncommon to rare in the mountains,
and piedmont. More field work is needed on this easily overlooked species.
Adults fly from mid April until late July in one possibly two broods,
more data is needed.
Larval Host Plants:
Bluegrass Poa pratensis, Indian Grass Sorghastrum nutans
and S. secundum, and Indian Woodoats Grass Chasmanthium latifolia.
Very tiny and plain so it’s easily overlooked. It is fond of manure
and searching along horse campgrounds, parking lots and trails in the
right habitat is a good way to find this species.
The top and third photos were taken in Franklin Co., NC on April 24,
2002. The second photo was taken in Randolph Co., WV on June 23, 2003.
The bottom photo was taken along Catawba Creek in Botetourt Co., VA on
April 24, 2003.
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