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Fiery skipper? - Hylephila phyleus

Fiery skipper? - Hylephila phyleus
Fulton County, Georgia, USA
June 21, 2005
Size: about 3/4"?
I'm not sure if this skipper is the same as the next two I'm about to post, which were tentatively identifed as Fiery skipper but whose ID is subject to correction.

It is feeding on lavender.

Yes, I agree.
This shot is a dead ringer for the picture in my Butterflies through Binoculars (1). The closest species you might confuse with this is supposedly the Whirlabout, but blotches are bigger. The clincher would be if the hind wing border were visible, as on the Whirlabout it's smoother, but I don't think I see it on any of your shots.

Moving to guide - if anyone sees reason to disagree I expect they'll make their feelings known!

 
Fiery skipper?- Hylephila phyleus
Thank you very much, Hannah. But if this is the Fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus), then what do you think the other one is (two images, same butterfly)? That one's markings are different, particularly the dark band farther away from the hind wing margins.

Looks like I need to get that book. Thanks for the link.

 
I think they are all fiery skippers.
There is often variation in sizes of spots, but if you look at the Whirlabout images, all the spots are considerably bigger. Having said that, you make a good point - as they are not all the same individual, I'm going to unlink your first image from the other two.

 
unlinking
Can *you* unlink them? I don't quite know how, as this is my first post to BugGuide.

Are you convinced all three yellow butterflies (2 the same, 1 different individual) are Fiery skippers? Yes, the spots on Whirlabout are larger, but its more subtly marked hind wing margin more closely fits the 6-19-05 skipper. However, I am no expert by any means. Thank you so much for your continuing help with this. I really appreciate your interest and time.

 
I believe you can unlink your own images,
I can also unlink yours, that may be because I have editorial powers, I'm not sure. Linking is for two or more images of the same specimen - to show other specimens you should use the thumbnail function - all are explained under Help.

I just noticed another interesting detail on this guy - his proboscis is still in two halves, as it is when a butterfly/moth is freshly emerged - they roll it in and out a few times to get the two sides to click together, or if they fail to do that they can't feed and will soon die.

See comments on your other specimen (below) re. that ID.


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