View Full Version : The SACHEM (Atalopedes campestris)

11-Aug-2010, 07:54 PM
Sachems are one of the skippers found just about anywhere you look in Virginia and many other parts of the southern United Sates... from coast to coast. They are very active in July, August, and September when just about any skipper you see is a Sachem. These are grass skippers and their hosts include Crab grass, Bermuda grass, and other grasses found in many lawns in America. The Sachem is one of the orange skippers (perhaps golden orange is more appropriate). It is an active butterfly, constantly fighting rivals, attempting to mate, or hopping from one flower to another. Fortunately, they are so many of them that you can switch from one to another in a matter of seconds. I've included a sample of a male (vertical) and a female Sachem (horizontal).