Hesperia colorado

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Western branded skipper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Hesperiini
Genus: Hesperia
Species: H. colorado
Binomial name
Hesperia colorado
(Scudder, 1874)

6 ssp., see text

  • Erynnis comma colorado Dyar, 1903
  • Hesperia comma colorado

Hesperia colorado, the western branded skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family.

It is found from in Eurasia and north-western Africa, coast to coast in North America in boreal and subalpine areas south as far as Colorado, hence the Latin name.[1]

The wingspan is 22–30 mm. The flight period is from late June to mid-August in western North America and from late July to early September in eastern North America.[1]

The larvae feed on Muhlenbergia, Stipa, Andropogon, and Lolium.[1][2]


Listed alphabetically:[2]

  • H. c. colorado (Scudder, 1874)
  • H. c. harpalus (Edwards, 1881) – Idaho branded skipper
  • H. c. leussleri Lindsey, 1940
  • H. c. mattoonorum McGuire, 1998
  • H. c. oregonia (Edwards, 1883) – Oregon branded skipper
  • H. c. tildeni Freeman, 1956


  1. ^ a b c Common Branded Skipper, Butterflies of Canada
  2. ^ a b Hesperia, funet.fi

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