The Hobomok Skipper is a small butterfly with slim triangular wings. The underside of the hindwing has rectangles of golden yellow outlined with rusty brown with a rusty brown wing border and wing base.  The wing borders are dusted with whitish-gray to violet. The uppersides of the wings are golden orange with irregular brown borders. There is a black cell-end bar on the male forewing. Two distinct color forms are seen in Hobomok Skipper females. The lighter one resembles the male, while the darker form (called “Pocahontas”) superficially resembles the females of the Zabulon Skipper.


Hobomok Skipper” by Douglas Mills, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Hobomok Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 – 1 11/16 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Openings and edges of damp woods, edges of bogs, light gaps along streams, and city parks


Hobomok Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Panic Grass
  • Blue Grass

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Common Milkweed
    • Blackberry
    • Viper’s Bugloss
    • Henbit