Delaware skipper

(Anatrytone logan)

Conservation Status
Delaware skipper
Photo by Scott Leddy
  IUCN Red List

not listed


N5 - Secure

S4 - Apparently Secure


not listed


Delaware skipper is a common, small to medium-sized grass skipper. It occurs in the United States and southern Canada from East Coast through the Great Plains.

Adults have a wingspan of 1 to 11116 (25 to 43 mm). The forewing is elongated and somewhat pointed. The upper side of both wings is bright yellowish-orange with a broad dark band on the outer margin. The “cell” is a relatively large area in the center of the wing enclosed by veins. The veins are dark and there is a small black bar at the end of the cell. On the female the marginal band is broader, the veins are darker, and there is a dark patch near the base of the forewing. Unlike most skippers, the male has no dark patch of specialized scent scales (stigma). The underside of both wings on both sexes is dull yellowish-orange with no dark markings. The fringes are yellowish-orange, lighter than the upper side and darker than underside.

The antennae are faintly striped. Each antenna has a long black swelling (club) at the tip, and a pale, thin, hooked extension (apiculus) at the end of the club.

The caterpillar is bluish-green or bluish-white and is finely peppered with tiny black bumps. The head is striped black and white. There is a narrow, black, collar-like band behind the head and another on the next-to-last abdominal segment.




Wingspan: 1 to 11116 (25 to 43 mm)


Similar Species


European skipper (Thymelicus lineola) is smaller. The wings are less pointed. The forewing has no black bar at the end of the cell. The antennae are shorter.

Iowa skipper (Atrytone arogos iowa) is much rarer. The wing veins are not darkened.


Open woodlands; edges of forests and wetlands; pastures, old fields, meadows, prairies, and marshes; and roadsides and other disturbed areas.




One generation per year: Late June to mid-August






Life Cycle


The female deposits a single egg on a leaf of a host grass. Mature caterpillars and pupa overwinter.


Larva Food


Grasses, including big bluestem and switchgrass


Adult Food


Nectar from pink and white flowers, including mountain mint, milkweed, fleabane, and thistle.


Distribution Map



21, 24, 29, 30, 75, 82.




Widespread and common



Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)  


Papilionoidea (butterflies)  


Hesperiidae (skippers)  


Hesperiinae (grass skippers)  


  Subtribe Hesperiina  



Skippers have traditionally been placed in their own superfamily Hesperioidea because of their morphological similarity. Recent phylogenetic analysis (Kawahara and Breinholt [2014]) suggests that they share the same common ancestor as other butterfly families, and thus belong in the superfamily, Papilionoidea.


Subordinate Taxa


Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan lagus)

Delaware skipper (Anatrytone logan logan)




Atrytone logan


Common Names


Delaware skipper












A thin hooked or pointed extension at the ends of each antennae just beyond the club of all skippers except skipperlings (subfamily Heteropterinae).



In Lepidoptera: the large central area of the wing surrounded by veins.



In plants, the portion of the female part of the flower that is receptive to pollen. In Lepidoptera, an area of specialized scent scales on the forewing of some skippers, hairstreaks, and moths. In other insects, a thickened, dark, or opaque cell on the leading edge of the wing.






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Delaware skipper … on Hills’ thistle a favorite nectar of theirs.

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Lakshmi Sastry

Nov 23, 2014

This is a rap about the Delaware Skipper A moth or a butterfly, it’s hard to differ
Loves to fly in June and July
Females are much wider than the guys
They’re orange with black marks on the wings
Loves hiding among grassy things
Ranges from Canada to the Central United States
When it comes to mating, the male initiates
Its family is Hesperiidae
Its order is Lepidoptera - that’s all we can say
Loves flowers that are white and pink
Has siphoning mouthparts so it can drink
Its common name is Anatrytone Logan
When it comes to surviving, it’s not like Hulk Hogan
Eaten by spiders, birds, and snakes
When it’s a larva it has certain traits
Green body, black head, and orange behind
Has chewing mouthparts, keep that in mind
Can be found in types of bluegrass
Insecta - that’s its class
Called Delaware ‘cause that’s where it was found
Lives on wet host grasses and close to the ground





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Location: Fillmore County, MN

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Created: 6/9/2021

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