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Arctic Skipper - Carterocephalus palaemon
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Arctic Skipper - Mount Uniacke - 2003-06-29
Photo © Peter Payzant
Status in Nova Scotia
Common

Flight Period
Mid-May to late July.

Habitat
Grassy areas, but clearings in woody areas seem to have enough grass to qualify, too.

Larval Foodplants
Grasses.

Similar Species in Nova Scotia
None.

Notes
This is one of our easiest skippers to identify. Nothing else has this bold chequered pattern. It occurs throughout the Palearctic, and is known in England as the "Chequered Skipper".

Arctic Skipper - Lansdowne, NS, 2011-07-05
Arctic Skipper - Lansdowne, NS - 2011-07-05
2011-07-05
Photo © Phil Schappert
Arctic Skipper - Spryfield, NS, 2011-06-24
Arctic Skipper - Spryfield, NS - 2011-06-24
2011-06-24
Photo © Phil Schappert
Arctic Skipper - Amherst, 2012-06-15
Arctic Skipper - Amherst - 2012-06-15
2012-06-15
Photo © Kathleen F. Spicer