Wisconsin Native Caterpillars
Least Skipper Caterpillar
Genus-Species: Ancloxypha numitor
Description: The caterpillar is light green with a
tan-to-brown, rounded head.
Chrysalis: The chrysalis is brown and white
with a blunt head.
Host Plants: Various grasses including Marsh Millet,
Rice Cutgrass, Cultivated Rice.
Habitat: Edges of streams, ponds, and lakes. This
species is rarely found far from water, even when nectaring.
Comments: The Least Skipper is aptly named, as it is
the smallest skipper in the state. This skipper is often seen flying very low through tall grasses
adjacent to ponds, small lakes, rivers, or streams. It rarely gets higher than a couple feet above
the ground as it slowly and somewhat choppily moves through vegetation. It does nectar on a
variety of species, but because of its small size, it is more likely to be seen nectaring on much
smaller flowers than the larger skippers.
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guaranteed to attract butterflies.
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