Atalopedes campestris

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Atalopedes campestris
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Atalopedes
Species: A. campestris
Binomial name
Atalopedes campestris
Boisduval, 1852

Atalopedes campestris (called the sachem in the United States) is a small skipper butterfly. It is just over 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and has orange-and-brown adults. Females are slightly larger and have paler markings on their wings compared to males.

Life cycle[edit]

Its host plants are various grasses, including lawn grasses. Its caterpillar is dark green and black. It has multiple broods per year.

Range and habitat[edit]

This skipper is common from the southern United States through Brazil. It often migrates north into U.S. northern states.



  • Tveten, Gloria and Tveten, John. Butterflies of Houston & Southeast Texas. University of Texas Press, ISBN 0-292-78060-5

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