Wandering Skipper

Animal Guide : Insects and Spiders

Wandering Skipper
Fun Fact:
The clubs at the ends of the antennae tell you it's a butterfly, and not a moth.

What's for Lunch:
Nectar for adults; salt grass for larvae

Where's Home:
Coastal salt marsh

Scientific Name:
Panoquin errans

Animal Guide : Insects and Spiders

Overview:

These darting little butterflies are tough in one way—their larvae tolerate the huge amounts of salt they consume in their diet of salt grass. In other ways, they are extremely vulnerable. Wandering Skippers don't wander very far at all: they can only live in coastal salt marshes. If enough of this habitat isn't saved from development, the Wandering Skipper faces certain extinction.