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Salt Marsh Skipper
Copyright by: Mary Keim
Small butterfly measuring up to 1 1/2" in length. The wings are dark brown in color, the upperside has a few pale spots, the underside has yellow veins and a short white bar. The caterpillar is yellowish green.
Southeast and eastern United States.
Coastal salt and brackish marshes, occasionally in nearby fields and wood edges.
Several broods from February to December in Florida. Light green eggs are laid singly on host leaves.
Adults have a low, rapid flight.
Larval host plants include the native saltgrass (Distichlis spicata). Nectar host plants include the native blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum ) and thistle (Cirsium spp.) and the nonnative red clover (Trifolium pratense).