The Dun Skipper is a wide-ranging skipper, being found across southern Canada east of the Rockies and south to the Gulf coast and east Texas. The upperside of the forewing in the male is brownish-black except for the black stigma, while the same wing in the female is also brownish-black, but with three or four small translucent spots. The underside of the male forewing is brownish-black without any markings, while the same wing in the female is brownish with a band of three or four squarish, whitish spots in the upper one-half of the postmedian area. The upperside of the head and thorax has a yellowish-orange to yellowish-green sheen.


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Dun Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

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

Butterfly Habitat: Wet areas near deciduous woods such as meadows, seeps, swamp edges, and streams


Dun Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Shortbeak Sedge
  • Graceful Sedge
  • Hop Sedge
  • Hairy Sedge

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Common Milkweed
    • Swamp Milkweed
    • Purple Vetch
    • Dogbane
    • Peppermint
    • New Jersey Tea
    • Ironweed
    • Joe-Pye Weed
    • Purple Coneflower
    • Lobelia