Status:  uncommon resident

Flights:  1+, Mar-Nov

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  lowlands; Fort Ord, Bradley, Parkfield, Pebble Beach near Pt. Joe, several Salinas River locations

Habitats:  many: salt marshes, dunes, sagebrush, lawns, gardens

Host plants:  saltgrass, bermuda grass, other grasses

Adult foodnectars at heliotropes, asters, others

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   pattern inside cobweb pattern HW UN resembles portion of a hand w/outward pointing fingers

  2.   extremely variable; male above usu orange w/ jagged black “sawtooth” margins; fem. usu darker markings; male FW stigma black w/ gray shade below


Sandhill skipper

Polites sabuleti

Life history facts

egg:  laid singly on host or nearby plants

larva:  feeds on leaves, lives in shelter of tied leaves

pupa:  hibernates as chrysalid

adult:  males perch all day in low grassy areas to watch for receptive fems.

Pt. Joe