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North American Ecology (US and Canada)

Polites origenes is a year-round resident in the eastern United States and into southern Canada (Scott 1986). Habitats are Gulf Coast to transition zone dry meadows (damp meadows eastward), open woodland and prairie. Host plants are grasses, with most known hosts Tridens flavus, Andropogon scoparius. Individuals overwinter as third and fourth instar larvae. In the northern part of their range there is one flight each year with the approximate flight time late June ? July 15 and in the southern part of their range two flights with approximate times between May 1-Oct. 31 (Scott 1986).

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