The Dusted Skipper butterfly is a dark skipper with blackish-brown wing coloration. The undersides of the hindwing is “dusted” with tiny white specks. There is a white dot on the underside and near the base of the hindwing. Three white dots are near the tip of the forewing on the underside. A white line is present over the eye, which helps to distinguish it from the similar-looking Clouded Skipper.


Dusted Skipper” by Troy Shively, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Dusted Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 11/16 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Grasslands, prairies, barrens, and old fields


Dusted Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Little Bluestem Grass
  • Big Bluestem Grass

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Wild Strawberry
    • Wild Blackberry
    • Wild Hyacinth
    • Phlox
    • Vervain
    • Red Clover
    • White Clover
    • Lyreleaf Sage