The Yehl Skipper butterfly is found from southeastern Virginia west to southwestern Missouri and south to eastern Texas, the Gulf Coast, and northern Florida. This species has a distinctive sexual dimorphism in color pattern. The male is mostly orange while the female is mostly brown. The upperside of the wings is bright orange with wide black borders. A linear stigma is present in the male forewing. The underside of the hindwings is dark brown (females) and orange or yellow (males). Both sexes have a slightly curved pattern of 3 to 5 postmedian cream-colored spots near the center of the hindwing.


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Yehl Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 5/16 – 1 3/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Clearings in wet or swampy woodlands


Yehl Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Cane (Arundinaria species)

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Swamp Milkweed
    • Sweet Pepperbush
    • Pickerelweed
    • Thistle
    • Purple Coneflower