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Santa Barbara Field Guides - Butterflies

     Ochlodes sylvanoides
     Woodland Skipper

male upperside
male underside
female upperside
female underside

Size: Wingspread 0.75-1.25 in.
Recognition: Orange to yellow-orange with dark borders, male with dark slash in middle of FW; underside HW is uniform yellow-brown; rounded FW tips.
Flight period: Flies from June through October, they can be quite common starting in late summer.
Hostplants: Various grasses are eaten by the larvae.
Habitat: This skipper may be seen in the foothills, chaparral, grassy fields, and other open spaces.
Distribution: The Woodland Skipper is found over much of the western U.S. In Santa Barbara County it is present both on the mainland and on Santa Cruz Island.
Other: This skipper is an uncharacteristically slow and lazy skipper, and can frequently be spotted nectaring for long periods.

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