North American Ecology (US and Canada)
occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations
Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Comments: Virtually any kind of dry grassland, especially weedy lawns and disturbed dry places. Adults commonly seen in gardens.
Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.
Flowering Plants Visited by Atalopedes campestris in Illinois
(observations are from Robertson, Clinebell, and Estes & Thorp; this skipper is the Sachem)
Asteraceae: Aster lanceolatus sn (Rb), Aster pilosus sn fq (Rb), Aster salicifolius sn (Rb), Aster turbinellus sn (Rb), Bidens cernua sn (Rb), Eupatorium serotinum sn (Rb), Liatris aspera sn (Cl), Liatris cylindracea sn fq (Cl), Liatris pycnostachya sn (Cl), Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium sn (Rb); Lamiaceae: Monarda fistulosa (Cl); Onagraceae: Ludwigia peploides glabrescens sn np (ET); Rubiaceae: Cephalanthus occidentalis sn (Rb); Verbenaceae: Verbena stricta sn (Rb)
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Atalopedes campestris
Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Atalopedes campestris
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 22
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure
Atalopedes campestris (called the Sachem in the United States) is a small skipper. It is just over 1 inch long and is orange and brown. Females are slightly larger and have paler markings on the wings.
Its host plants are various grasses, including lawn grasses. The caterpillar is dark green and black. It has multiple broods per year.
Range and habitat
This skipper is common from the southern United States to Brazil. It often ranges north to the northern states.
Tveten, Gloria and Tveten, John. Butterflies of Houston & Southeast Texas. University of Texas Press, ISBN 0-292-78060-5
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