Umber Skipper
( Poanes melane )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Poanes melane
(W. H. Edwards ,1869 )
Common Name:Umber Skipper
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Hesperiidae
Subfamily:Hesperiinae
Genus:Poanes
Subpecies:Poanes melane melane (W. H. Edwards, 1869) & Poanes melane vitellina (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)
Taxon Code:LEP00565
ITIS/TSN:706639

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Description
Umber brown, yellowish spots on forewing, hindwing has broad yellowish band.
Wingspan
32-35 mm.

BIOLOGY
Food
Adult: Nectar. Larva: Grasses and sedges.
Habitat
Varied: desert foothills, oak woodlands.
Ecosystem
Varied: desert foothills, oak woodlands
Range
California, west of Sierras, southern Arizona (rare), into Baja California, highlands of Mexico, Central America.
Flight Period
Two or more flights, typically: March-May, September-October
Development
Two or three broods, typically: April-October.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Poanes melane - Umber Skipper. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/9790). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
ITIS.
Poanes melane. (butterfly.ucdavis.edu/butterfly/Poanes/melane). Accessed July 16, 2016.


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