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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Lepidopteran Pests: Family Hesperiidae

Lepidopteran Pests: Family Hesperiidae

(p.155) 10 Lepidopteran Pests: Family Hesperiidae
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the fiery skipper, which belongs to the order Lepidoptera, family Hesperiidae, subfamily Hesperiinae. Members of this family, called skippers, were named for their fast, erratic flights. Members of the subfamily are known as tawny skippers, and their larvae are chiefly grass feeders. In Hawai'i, the fiery skipper is considered the third or fourth most serious lepidopterous pest of turfgrass but has the potential of being the most serious pest during the warmest period of the year. It is considered one of the five most injurious lepidopterous pests attacking lawns in California. Fiery skipper is found in several southern states, but turfgrass damage by the fiery skipper has been reported only in California and Hawai'i.

Keywords:   fiery skipper, Lepidoptera, Hesperiidae, Hesperiinae, skippers, tawny skippers, lepidopterous pests, turfgrass, turfgrass damage

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