The Common Roadside-Skipper butterfly can be found across most of the United States and Southern Canada with scattered populations west of the Rockies. The underside of the wings is dark brownish-black with numerous tiny whitish flecks. The forewing apex and the outer one-half of the hindwing are violet-gray. The upperside of the wings are black with a cluster of small white spots at the apex of the forewing. Both sexes have a checkered wing fringe.

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Common Roadside-Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 7/8 – 1 1/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Open areas in or near woodland, often close to streams


Common Roadside- Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Kentucky Blue Grass
  • Bent Grass
  • Bermuda Grass
  • Indian Wood Oats Grass
  • River Oat Grass
  • Common Oat Grass

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Verbena
    • Selfheal
    • White Clover
    • Primrose-leaved Violet