Need help with a couple of Skipper ID's

bob_71(z7 MD)August 16, 2012

The first one's yellow head along with a general lack of markings leaves me without a clue.

The second bears a resemblance to the Eastern Pawnee version of Leonard's Skipper and the flying time is about right. Observed and photographed in Maryland on 8/6/2012.

There were also lots of Peck's Skippers and Fiery Skippers during the same time.

Thanks, in advance!

Bob

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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Bob,

The first photo is a Dun Skipper or Euphyes vestris; the gold head was the tip-off.

I "think" the second picture is one of the Broken-Dashes. Without seeing the ventral shot, I can't say for sure. There are two Broken-Dashes, the Northern and the Southern. Your photo looks a lot like either male in Kaufman's Field Guide. Scientific names are Wallengria otho (Southern) and Wallengria egeremet (Northern). The ventral wing coloring is the tip-off for which species. Southern is redder in color than the Northern.

HTH,

Sandy

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 4:12PM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

Thank you, so much, Sandy!

Bob

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 4:41PM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

I have Southern Broken Dash in my yard. On my Facebook Photos there's an inside wing photo and an outside wing photo. Note what appears to be a three on the outside wing photo. If you click through those yard butterfly photos you'll see the inside photo.

Sandy, I agree the first photo does look like a Dun.

Here is a link that might be useful: Photo of Southern Broken Dash

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 7:35AM
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