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Photo#131758
Fiery Skipper? in the Bay Area, CA - Hylephila phyleus

Fiery Skipper? in the Bay Area, CA - Hylephila phyleus
Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, USA
June 19, 2007

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Moved
Moved from Hylephila.

Moved
Moved from Grass Skippers.

Moved
Moved from Skippers.

Moved
Moved from Butterflies.

Fiery Skipper
From the books and other posts, it looks most like a female fiery skipper. I've never seen one in the field so I'm only going from the books and posts. Very good photo for ID, though. And from the Kaufman guide, it's likely out of range for Zabulon (I only now noticed the other posts).

 
Male
I agree that this looks like a Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus), but I think it's a well-marked male. And yes, Zabulon does not occur in CA and is eliminated by range alone.

 
Thanks Mo, Thanks Nick!
Hopefully, I will start to recognize some of these when I've gained some experience.

Mo, thanks for your comments about the pictures s/he did not make it easy for me, but I try to get different angles, if I can.

Nick, if you don't mind my asking, what helps you differentiate the male from the female?

 
Male skippers
I would call it a male b/c that elongate black patch in the middle basal part of the forewing looks like a stigma to me. Only male skippers have stigmas. Of course, it's possible that it's a female with a stigma-like black patch, though. :-)

 
That would be something to try to include in pictures!
I will try to look for that in the future!

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