Hesperia sassacus

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Indian skipper
Indian Skipper (Hesperia sassacus) on Hieracium canadense, Mer Bleue.jpg
On Canada hawkweed
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Hesperia
Species: H. sassacus
Binomial name
Hesperia sassacus
Harris, 1862

Hesperia sassacus, the Indian skipper, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae.

It is found from northeastern U.S., and in Canada in southwestern New Brunswick and in a broad band from the Eastern Townships of Quebec through to southern Manitoba.[1]

The wingspan is 25–30 mm. The flight period is late May to early July.[1]

The larvae feed on nodding fescue (Festuca obtusa), poverty grass (Danthonia spicata), and panic grass (Panicum), Bouteloua, Andropogon, Aristida, and Poaceae species.[1][2]


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

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