Status:  common resident

Flights:  2, Jun-Nov

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  widespread, esp. north and west county

Habitats:  grassy areas everywhere except deserts/urban settings

Host plants:  perennial grasses

Adult foodnectars at many flowers

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   among the most abundant butterflies in the fall

  2.   slow-flying and sedentary, spend most of lives at flowers

  3.   male bright orange-yellow, stigma tip touches dusky border; fem. dark patch in place of stigma; variable below


Woodland skipper

Ochlodes sylvanoides

Life history facts


larva:  first stage hibernates, completes feeding in spring, diapause in summer as fully-grown caterpillars

pupa:  adults emerge from pupa in fall after summer diapause

adult:  males perch on ridges in CA and in gullies in CO to await fems.

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