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     Wandering Skipper


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Size: Wingspread 1-1.25 in.
Recognition: Dark brown with creamy yellow spots in FW; underside is also dark brown with more yellow spots and sometimes yellow vein linings.
Flight period: July through September.
Hostplants: Larvae of the Wandering Skipper eat salt grass (Distichlis spicata).
Habitat: Where salt grass is found, near the upper portions of coastal salt marshes.
Distribution: From Santa Barbara County south into Baja California and coastal areas of mainland Mexico.
Other: As coastal salt marshes have become degraded, the Wandering Skipper has become relatively rare in southern California.

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