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Duskywing Skipper - Erynnis lucilius - male

Duskywing Skipper - Erynnis lucilius - Male
Middlesex, Ontario, Canada
August 6, 2004
Size: not exactly known
I'm terrible with Duskwing IDs...

This may be a Columbine Duskywing, E. lucilius. The small white dots and small brown patch on the forewing, with a darkened base to the forewing suggest either Columbine or Wild Indigo Duskywing, E. baptisiae. However, Wild Indigo is rarer in Ontario (ranked S1 by the NHIC). The Butterflies of Canada (online version here shows records for the extreme southwest (Windsor, Pelee, Walpole Island), the Long Point area, and near Hamilton. There is a more recent record from Toronto as well, I believe. Unless this individual was associated with a Wild Indigo foodplant (Wild Indigo [surprisingly enough!] or possibly Crown Vetch) I would be pretty comfortable calling it a Columbine.

It has bee commented that
the unknown skipper pages be 'organized'. Your ID seems fine. Will move it to species page

Columbine makes sense to me.
Thanks! That was my best guess from the resources I had. I took the photograph in a meadow situated between two woodlands, where I'm sure columbine would be common. I'll have to go back and look for their cats.

Jay Cossey
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