Hobomok Skipper

Poanes hobomok
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The Hobomok skipper (Lon hobomok) is a North American butterfly of the family Hesperiidae.

Hobomok Skipper

Poanes hobomok


garden pest
crop pest

Scientific classification

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


This small butterfly has slim, triangular wings. The upper side of the male's wings is mostly orange with the margins being dark brown.


Similar species

The only similar species in this skipper's range is the Zabulon skipper. The Hobomok skipper has a more northern range and different flight period than the Zabulon skipper. They also have more squared wings. The upperside of the male Hobomok skipper's wings has thicker dark margins. The female Hobomok skipper has two forms; the normal form and the "Pocahontas" form. The upper side of the Pocahontas form has smaller glassy spots and has one glassy spot near the fore wing costa.


It ranges from eastern Alberta to Nebraska and east to the coasts of Canada and the US.


This butterfly is on the wing from late spring to mid-summer with a single brood.