Poanes aaroni

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Saffron skipper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Poaneini
Genus: Poanes
Species: P. aaroni
Binomial name
Poanes aaroni
(Skinner, 1890)

Poanes aaroni, the saffron skipper, is a North American butterfly from the skipper family (Hesperiidae) which occurs in salt marshes along the Atlantic coast[verification needed].

The upperside of the wings are vivid orange, with broad black borders. The underside of the hindwing is a paler orange with a pallid stripe in the center.

The larva feeds exclusively on smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora)[verification needed].

Four subspecies are recognized:

  • P. a. aaroni Skinner, 1890 – Aaron's skipper
  • P. a. bordeloni – Bordelon's skipper
  • P. a. howardi – Howard's skipper
  • P. a. minimus – swamp skipper

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