|scientific name Polites draco |
common name Draco Skipper
Montane, alpine and subalpine grasslands and meadows.
One generation per year, with the peak flight period in late June to mid July.
The Draco Skipper is most similar to the Hesperia skippers with its prominent whitish markings on the hindwing underside. It can be distinguished from all similar species by the length of the hindwing spot that extends towards the wing margin (it is 'out of line' with the other spots): in draco, this spot is longer than in Hesperia skippers, and extends towards the wing base at least to the inner edge of the adjacent spots. In Hesperia, it does not extend as far as the inner edge of the median spots.
The immature stages are unknown. Adult males sip moisture at mud (Layberry et al. 1998).
Not of concern.
There are no specific reports of larval host plants; larvae are presumed to feed on grasses. Adults nectar at yellow composites (Compositae) and Footsteps-of-Spring (Sanicula arctopoides) in other parts of this species' range (Opler 1999).
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