Cobweb Skipper, Hesperia metea, is an early season grass skipper (subfamily Hesperiinae) found in the eastern United States. Its distribution is widespread but local in barrens, glades and grasslands. Throughout its range this species is single brooded.
The hindwing below is brown with a crescent of irregular white patches with the white sometimes extending along the veins. The forewing above is brown with a few yellowish patches which are more extensive in the male. The leading edge of the forewing is whitish. The male has a dark stigma. The subspecies licinus found in Texas and Arkansas is very dark both above and below.
Nectar sources include hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens), wild strawberry (Frageria virginiana), blackberry (Rubus spp.), and bird's-foot violet (Viola pedata).
Larval foodplants of this species are big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi) and little bluestem (Schizachrium scoparium). Final instar caterpillars overwinter
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