Harpalus Skipper

Harpalus Skipper

Common Name: Harpalus Skipper

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Hesperidae

Belonging to the geographically varied genus of Holarctic Grass Skippers, this regional subspecies is found on the Eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. You’ll notice the long black proboscis probing the nectar reserves from a meadow flower. This group of skippers feed on grasses and the caterpillars live in nests constructed from rolled leaves. The adults fly from early to late summer.