Olive-clouded Skipper (Lerodea arabus) life history
Olive-clouded Skipper (Lerodea arabus) Life History


First instar (recently emerged)

Second instar in leaf shelter

Third instar; head is no longer black

Fourth instar

Final instar


Fresh adult Olive-clouded Skipper

I have raised Olive-clouded Skippers from egg to adult twice, but neither time was I able to document each of the life stages of a single individual. So the presentation here is a compilation.

During the summer of 2013, I obtained 3 eggs from a captive female. These took 3-4 days to eclose.  The first through fourth instars lasted two days each, a rather short time for grass skippers.  The study was then interrupted, but I did get a picture of an adult that emerged 28 days after the eggs were deposited.

In the spring of 2014, I was gathering fresh Saint Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) to feed a Celia's Roadside Skipper caterpillar, and I found an egg. I didn't realize it was a different species until the third instar. This caterpillar developed more slowly (presumably because of cooler temperatures), taking 40 days to go from egg to adult.


Face of Olive-clouded Skipper

The third instar pictured is of a 2013 caterpillar. The head coloration may be an aberration, as the 2014 caterpillar's head looked the same as in the later instars.

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