Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)

Statewide distribution in NC being most common in the piedmont, Crossline Skippers are two brooded, appearing in May and flying well into the fall. This species is quite variable in appearance and can be confused with several other skippers.
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Wake Co., NC
25 May 2008

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skippers (Polites origenes)
Falls Lake, Wake Co., NC
25 May 2008


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Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Durham Co., NC
30 May 2003
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
25 May 2004

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Wilkes Co., NC
24 Aug 2016

From below, Crossline Skippers vary from orangish to brownish and from being nearly unmarked to having a strong postmedian band of pales spots. Males and females look similar from below.
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Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
6 Jun 2006
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
28 Sep 2005

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) From above, males and females are quite distinct, with males (left) showing much more orange and a strong diagonal black line (stigma). Females (rignt) are mostly dark above with a few square spots in the middle of the forewing.
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
19 May 2004
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
6 Jun 2006

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
25 May 2004
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
16 May 2004

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Durham, NC
20 Aug 2005
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Male
Durham Co., NC
20 Aug 2005

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
25 May 2004
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
16 May 2004

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Chatham Co., NC
24 Sep 2005
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Orange Co., NC
13 June 2008

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Durham Co., NC
30 May 2003
Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Chatham Co., NC
24 Sep 2005

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Korstian Division Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
21 Aug 2004

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Blackwood Division Division Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
15 May 2007

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes) I watched a Crossline Skipper lay this egg on the underside of a blade of grass (Panicum sp.)

Orange Co., NC
29 May 2004

Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes)
Crossline? Tawny-edge? Northern Broken-Dash?
Orange Co., NC
25 May 2004

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