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Atlas of North Dakota Butterflies

Common Branded Skipper (Hesperia comma)

  • BND: Common Branded Skipper; Hesperia comma (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • BNA: Plains Skipper; Hesperia assiniboia
  • Habitat: Prairie hilltops; very fond of Liatris blooms
  • Larval food: Native grasses and sedges
  • Adult flight: One brood, early August onward
  • References: Royer 32, Layberry et al. 52-54, Ferris & Brown 125, Scott 436
  • Note: Many authors treat this as a distinct species. It is considered here as a subspecies.
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