New Jersey Butterflies

Peck's Skipper

Polites peckius

Identification: Tiny—FW ~0.5". Sexes similar below. Above: Male's FW stigma is bordered by an orange patch above (along leading edge of FW), an oval brown patch below, and a small rectangular orange spot at the stigma's outer end. Female FW dark, with variably bright orange to duller tawny leading edge and several pale spots. HW of both sexes dark, with orange spots forming a rear-pointing arrow. Below: HW reddish-brown with a large, yellow central patch usually divided in two by an irregular brown band; the outer of the 2 patches has a central spot projecting rearward. Similar skippers: Zabulon male is larger and has scattered rusty-brown spots in a single large yellow patch on the HW below.

NJ Status and Distribution: Resident. Common in north and central counties, less so in southern counties.

NJ Range Map-Peck's Skipper

Habitat: Grassy areas of all kinds, both upland and wetland. Readily visits garden flowers.

Flight Period: Three broods from mid-May—early October. Extreme dates: North Jersey 4/27—10/23; South Jersey 4/29—10/24.

Larval Food Plants: Various grasses, including Rice Cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides) and bluegrasses (Poa).

Overwintering Stage: Full-grown larva, or possibly pupa.

Best Locations: Big Brook Park, Thompson Park, Delaware Water Gap NRA, Whittingham WMA, Kittatinny Valley SP, White Lake NRA, Schooley's Mountain CP, Riverwinds Scenic Trail, Wheelabrator WR.


Peck's Skipper

Male, Arctic Meadows Preserve, Sussex Co., 5/31/05.

Peck's Skipper

Female, Convent Station, Morris Co., NJ, 8/3/11.

Peck's Skipper

Fredon Twp., Sussex Co., NJ, 7/29/10, on Brazilian Verbena.