The Cobweb Skipper butterfly is a year-round resident of the eastern United States, except for the Midwest. The Cobweb Skipper is a light brown skipper with some orange at the tip of the forewing and above and below the stigma. A white V-shaped band points toward the outer margins of the hindwing underside. White extends along the veins of the undersides of the wings giving a cobwebbed appearance.


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Cobweb Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 3/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Dry, grassy openings in woods, pine barrens, oak savannah, open sandy scrub, burned areas, and old pastures


Cobweb Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Little Bluestem Grass
  • Big Bluestem Grass
  • Broomsedge Grass

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Wild Strawberry
    • Blackberry
    • Winter Cress
    • Red Clover
    • Vervain
    • Carolina Larkspur
    • Wild Hyacinth
    • Hoary Puccoon