Skippers in Late Summer


One of the most pleasant additions to my gardens in late summer are the hundred or so skipper butterflies that always show up. I mainly have Pecks and Fiery Skippers, but Sachem and Silver-Spotted  Skippers show up also.

Since I have lots of plants blooming during this time. there is no reason for them to leave and so they hang around through the fall. In the picture above, they are nectaring on a sedum named “Carl.”They love to nectar on it when it’s in the sun.

One of their host plants is Bermuda Grass which I have in abundance. It’s a bit of a pain to keep out of my flower beds, but I’ve seen the skippers laying eggs on it, so it worth the extra work.


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