These small, tawny orange butterflies start to emerge in mid to late summer and can be found in just about any habitat; including sagebrush, woodland clearings, gardens, and small streams. Caterpillars overwinter in their first-stage and continue feeding on a variety of grasses in the spring. They then go through a sort of summer hibernation (diapause) as a full-grown caterpillar until it’s time to transform. Woodland skippers can be found from British Columbia south to southern California; east to Montana, Colorado, and Arizona.

Size: Wingspan 22 – 32 mm

Photo by: Gage Poore on 9/10/22 near Lolo Pass, MT