Caterpillar Identification Guide

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) caterpillar

Common Name: Dun Skipper

Genus-Species: Euphyes vestris

Host Plants: Various sedges including chufa flatsedge (Cyperus esculentus) and sun sedge (Carex heliophila).

Habitat: Found in a variety of habitats including open upland habitats, and may be found nectaring in wetland areas. This species is more common along woodland edges and trails through woodlands in the northern part of the state

Comments: The Dun Skipper is one of the most common skippers in Wisconsin and is found throughout the state. It seems more common in the northern part of the state, where it becomes abundant after the European Skippers abundance has waned.