Status:  uncommon resident

Flights:  2-3, Mar-Dec


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  mostly urban and coastal areas; Pacific Grove, Soberanes Creek, Old Coast Rd., Old Stage Rd., Big Creek


Habitats:  shady gardens, woodland trails, openings, lowland cyns.; often near water

Host plants:  grasses

Adult foodnectars at thistle, etc.


Conservation: secure globally


Remarks: 

  1.   recent (20th century) invasion northward from SoCal

  2.   males engage in rapid chases

  3.   female has larger, whiter spots on FW above

 
 

Umber skipper

Poanes melane

Life history facts


egg:

larva:  feeds on leaves, lives in shelter of rolled or tied leaves; hibernates as partial-grown

pupa:  forms in larval shelter, which is reinforced with waxy material

adult:  males perch in grassy areas to wait for receptive fems.

hiway 1 pfeiffer

8-28-05