Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island--Jeremy B. Tatum



Ochlodes sylvanoides




This is our commonest native skipper, and is active on the wing from July to September. The caterpillar feeds on various grasses and I believe that winter is spent in the larval state, although I have not been able to verify this personally. As can be seen from the photographs, the larva and pupa are easily distinguishable from those of Thymelicus lineola, and if you would like to be able to impress your friends and colleagues by being able to identify a skipper egg at least down to subfamilial level, you can note that a hesperiine egg is not ribbed, while a pyrgine egg has about 15 conspicuous ribs!

The butterfly is usually called the Woodland Skipper, which is also implied by the name sylvanoides, though it is not a particularly appropriate name, since woodland is almost the only habitat where you can almost guarantee not to see it!

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