The Fiery Skipper butterfly has a unique look in the sense that they are often mistaken for having only two wings, instead of four, because of their posture of sitting on its host flowers. The Fiery Skipper is a small yellow-orange skipper that is best identified from the side view showing the underwings. The hindwing has small brownish-black spots. In males, they are set on a background color of bright orange; in females, the background is duller and browner.


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Fiery Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Sunny, open areas such as fields, lawns, gardens, levees, roadsides, and second-growth scrub


Fiery Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Bermuda Grass
  • Crabgrass
  • St. Augustine Grass
  • Kentucky Blue Grass
  • Bent Grass

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Swamp Milkweed
    • Asters
    • Sneezeweed
    • Ironweed
    • Thistles
    • Knapweed
    • Sweet Pepperbush
    • Buttonbush
    • Zinnia
    • Mistflower
    • Lantana
    • Fogfruit
    • Blue Sage
    • White Turtlehead
    • Giant Hyssop
    • Marigold