Male fiery skippers will perch close to the ground on twigs or blades of grass and await females. The fluttering of any winged insect passing by will evoke a response from the waiting males.
In the southern parts of their range, fiery skippers have many broods. If they are able to immigrate into northern areas, they may have a single brood in late summer.
Eggs are laid singly on the undersides of leaves, and occasionally on other plants and objects. Eggs are placed on weedy grasses such as crabgrass Digiteria spp. and Bermuda grass Cynodon dactylon.
Breeding interval: Fiery skippers have several broods throughout the year in the southern portions of their range, and a single brood in the north.
Breeding season: The breeding is year around in the southern parts of the range, and in mid to late summer in the north.
Key Reproductive Features: seasonal breeding ; year-round breeding ; sexual ; fertilization (Internal )
Butterflies are not know to exhibit parental care.
Parental Investment: no parental involvement
- Scott, J. 1986. The Butterflies of North America. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Opler, P. 1984. Butterflies East of the Great Plains. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.