Indian Skipper

Hesperia sassacus
Hesperia sassacus
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Hesperia sassacus, the Indian skipper, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae.

Indian Skipper

Hesperia sassacus


garden pest
crop pest

Scientific classification

kingdom: Animalia
phylum: Arthropoda
class: Insecta
order: Lepidoptera
family: Hesperiidae
genus: Hesperia

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The following subspecies are recognised: - Hesperia sassacus sassacus Harris, 1862 - Hesperia sassacus manitoboides (Fletcher, 1889) - Hesperia sassacus nantahala Gatrelle & Grkovich, 2003


The wingspan is 25–30 mm. The flight period is late May to early July.

Distribution and habitat

It is found from northeastern U.S., and in Canada in southwestern New Brunswick and in a broad band from the Eastern Townships of Quebec through to southern Manitoba.

Ecology and behaviour

The larvae feed on nodding fescue (Festuca obtusa), poverty grass (Danthonia spicata), and panic grass (Panicum), Bouteloua, Andropogon, Aristida, and Poaceae species.