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Photo#1191225
Brown Skipper with subtle black and white spots, white tail fringe - Erynnis tristis

Brown Skipper with subtle black and white spots, white tail fringe - Erynnis tristis
Between Wimberley and Blanco, Texas, USA
February 13, 2016
Best wing-view picture I could manage of this guy, hope it's good enough for an ID.

Moved
Moved from Funereal Duskywing.

Full sized image now up on my web site
I've added a full-sized version of this image to my web site:

http://www.dl-digital.com/ButterfliesHillCountry.htm

Funereal Duskywing
Moved from ID Request.

 
How certain are you?
It does not show the usual features of funeralis out west.

 
I am fairly certain but Erynnis is difficult genus
Location strongly supports Funereal as well as the brown patch at the FW cell end. This one matches several images at Butterflies of America site.
I was concerned about the early sighting date and extensive gray ticking on FWs but these are within characteristics for Funereal.
The ground color is within norm but this can vary and may be influenced by image angle and lighting.
By the way, what are the usual features of western E. funeralis ?

 
"Western" funeralis
Is traditionally uniform dark brown with an obvious pale patch and no or very inconspicuous mottling. This duskywing is warmer brown with clear dark mottling present, and the pale patch is indistinct, so in California it would probably not go amiss as E. tristis.

There are images from TX showing funeralis as I expect them in CA -- I don't think there is a regional difference. I'm not familiar with the TX options.

 
Thanks James for the description.
I agree with you that the mottling of the FW is a characteristic of Mournful, E tristis, rather than E, funeralis. The location of this specimen dominated my thinking but it is very near the range edge so I am convinced that this is a Mournful Duskywing based on appearance.

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