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.
Photo by Glenn Marangelo on 7/25/20 near St. Regis, MT.