I got this picture out in my garden today -
I went through my field guide, and I think it's a little glassywing - the bluish coloring on it is what drew my attention. Anybody know if that's what it is?
The innermost spot needs to be square or rectangular. Check out Clouded Skipper in Kaufman's, page 309. It looks like the female.
Great Picture! What plant is she nectaring on? Very pretty!
Clouded skipper Lerema accius looks right to me. The frosting on the forewing tip says either Clouded or else a female Zabulon, and the ground color is too dark, not orange enough for Zabulon.
The Zabulon also has a white line on the leading edge of the hindwing, but it wouldn't be visible in this picture. And, the forewing square spots are larger in Zabulon.
I looked up clouded skipper, and I think y'all are right.
The flower is a stoke's aster, Melissa. They're all over my garden - I'm going to have to dig some up this fall and move them or discard them to keep them from taking over. They're great nectar plants, giving the butterflies a nice 'landing pad' but they're very vigorous, to say the least.