New York Natural Heritage Program
Dusted Skipper
Atrytonopsis hianna (Scudder, 1868)

Habitat [-]
In New York, the Dusted Skipper inhabits mostly openings and utility right-of-ways in pine barrens and other sandy habitats. This species also occasionally inhabits various types of rock outcrops in the New York City area. The adults are rarely seen more than a few feet from the larval foodplant [bluestem grasses, usually Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), unless they are forced into adjacent habitats to find nectar.

Associated Ecological Communities [-]
  • Chestnut oak forest
    A hardwood forest that occurs on well-drained sites in glaciated portions of the Appalachians, and on the coastal plain. This forest is similar to the Allegheny oak forest; it is distinguished by fewer canopy dominants and a less diverse shrublayer and groundlayer flora. Dominant trees are typically chestnut oak and red oak.
  • Dwarf pine plains
    A woodland community dominated by dwarf individuals of pitch pine and scrub oak that occurs on nearly level outwash sand and gravel plains in eastern Long Island. The soils are infertile, coarse textured sands that are excessively well-drained.
  • Pitch pine-oak forest
    A mixed forest that typically occurs on well-drained, sandy soils of glacial outwash plains or moraines; it also occurs on thin, rocky soils of ridgetops. The dominant trees are pitch pine mixed with one or more of the following oaks: scarlet oak, white oak, red oak, or black oak.
  • Pitch pine-oak-heath woodland
    A pine barrens community that occurs on well-drained, infertile, sandy soils. The structure of this community is intermediate between a shrub-savanna and a woodland. Pitch pine and white oak are the most abundant trees.

Associated Species [-]
  • Cobweb Skipper (Hesperia metea)