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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Image contributed by U.S.
photographer Jenn Taggart.
Lon Hobomok can be found in a number of different habitats including clearings, woodland edges, woodland openings, and roadsides.
Males are very territorial. They sit on sunlit leaves, five to six feet above the ground, and fly out to aggressively encounter any butterflies that happen to pass by.
They have been also observed in puddle clubs. Both males and females are avid nectarers. They have one flight, which occurs in late spring.
They can be seen flying from late spring to mid summer.
Females lay their small, pale green eggs singly on blades of grass.
The ventral side of the hindwing has golden yellow rectangles outlined with rusty brown with a rusty brown wing border and wing base.
The wing borders are dusted with whitish to gray to violet. The ventral sides of the wings are golden orange with irregular brown borders.
There is a black cell end bar on the male forewing.
Two distinct color forms are seen in Hobomok Skipper females. The lighter one resembles the male, while the darker form (called “Pocahontas”) superficially resembles females of the Zabulon Skipper.
Diet: Adults take nectar from flowers such as common milkweed, henbit, viper's bugloss, and blackberry.
Wingspan: 2.9 - 3.9 cm / 1 - 1 ½"
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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