The Zabulon Skipper butterfly has a thick, hairy body and hooked antennae, appearing to some more like a moth.  Males have black borders and no stigma, with the underside of their hindwings mostly yellow with a dark brown wingbase and outer margin. The upperside of females are purple-brown with pale yellow spots, with hindwing undersides that are brown and purple-gray with a white-edged costal margin.



Zabulon Skipper” by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, licensed under (CC BY 2.0)



Zabulon Skipper” by Anita Gould, licensed under (CC BY-NC 2.0)



Zabulon Skipper Facts

Butterfly Family: Skipper (Hesperiidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Hesperiinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/8 – 1 5/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Brushy openings near moist forests and streams


Zabulon Skipper Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Purpletop Tridens Grass
  • Wheatgrass
  • Lovegrass
  • Bentgrass
  • Orchardgrass
  • Blue Grass

Nectar Plants:

  • Nectar from various flowers
    • Red Clover
    • Purple Vetch
    • Common Milkweed
    • Buttonbush
    • Joe-Pye Weed
    • Thistles
    • Blackberry
    • Everlasting Pea
    • Blackberry
    • Fleabane
    • Bee Balm
    • Purple Coneflower
    • Blazing Star
    • Garden Pansy
    • Wild Petunia
    • Verbena
    • Lobelia