The Tawny-Edged Skipper butterfly is a small skipper and is similar in size to the Peck’s Skipper The underside of the forewing is brown except for orange along the edge; the hindwing is olive to brown without markings. The upperside in males is olive-brown with a distinctive tawny-orange coloration along the margin of the forewing. The upperside of the female is dark brown with an orange costal margin and a band of yellow spots in the outer areas of the forewing.


Tawny-edged Skipper” by Aaron Carlson, licensed under (CC BY-SA 2.0)


Tawny-edged Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 7/8 – 1 7/16 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Moist grassy areas including prairie swales, pastures, lawns, roadsides, and vacant lots


Tawny-edged Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Panic Grass
  • Slender Crabgrass
  • Kentucky Blue Grass
  • Manna Grass
  • Needleleaf Rosette Grass
  • Centipede Grass

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Red Clover
    • Alfalfa
    • Dogbane
    • Purple Coneflower
    • Tennessee Coneflower
    • Fall Phlox
    • Thistles
    • Chicory
    • Blazing Star
    • Whorled Milkweed
    • Bee Balm
    • White Clover
    • Lantana
    • Meadow Sage