Ocola Skipper Butterfly – Panoquina ocola

Ocola Skipper Butterfly – Panoquina ocola
Family: Hesperiidae – Skippers / Subfamily: Hesperiinae – Grass skippers
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Live adult skippers photographed at Alpharetta, GA and Cumberland County, NC USA.

Ocola Skipper
Striped abdomen is another characteristic of this species

Ocola Skipper
Ocola skipper shows diagnostic boomerang-shaped marking. 

Skipper butterfly eggs are tiny, usually less than .1mm. Most skipper caterpillars are green and tapered, and the neck appears constricted. The caterpillars weave silk and leaves into a daytime shelter for protection. Most pupate in loosely woven cocoons. The chrysalises are often coated with a powder or bloom. Chrysalis and caterpillars may overwinter.


1. Opler, Paul A., Harry Pavulaan, coordinators. Butterflies and Moths of North America.
2. Bugguide.net, Panoquina ocola

Order Lepidoptera, which contains both butterflies and moths, includes at least 125,000 known species including 12,000 in North America. Butterflies are revered for their brightly colored wings and pleasing association with fair weather and flowers.
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