Polites sabuleti alkaliensis
Photo Life History: Polites sabuleti alkaliensis
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Nectaring techniques
Methods of Female Oviposition: Potted Plant Sleeves; Portable Cages. Getting eggs from females is not difficult if you either place a small cage right on top of Kentucky Blue Grass or dig up and pot a small section of plant. This is by far the most productive method of rearing this or any hesperine skippers that belong to the genera Hesperia, Polites, Pseudocopaeodes, Atalopedes, and Hylephila.
How to Find Eggs:
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container.
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: Extremely difficult as larvae construct nests either at the base of bunch grasses (or lawn grass) or partially below the surface. (See photo.) Again the best way to obtain caterpillars is to collect live females and get eggs.
Larva to Pupa: Last instar caterpillars pupate right in their nests.
How to Find Pupae in the Field:
Number of Broods per Year: 2
Overwintering Strategies: Your Own Backyard. (Interesting; since that is where they fly anyway.)
Post-Hibernation Strategies: Provide post-diapause caterpillars to healthy host plant.
Avoiding Diapause Techniques: Again, provide larvae with healthy host plant and they will not diapause.
Disease Prevention: Not necessary for potted plant technique. Change out host plant and remove frass every five to seven days using the open terrarium technique.
Emergence: Emergence Container
Field Notes: This subspecies has two flights within in the suburbs of Northern Utah--late May and August/September. The fact that last instars burrow nests below the surface shows the connection between some genera of hesperine skippers and giant skippers (Megathyminae).