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skipper - Hylephila phyleus

skipper - Hylephila phyleus
Riley County, Kansas, USA
September 27, 2009
Size: small
The closest thing I can find is Poanes taxiles, which is (as far as I know), not found in eastern Kansas. Any help on the ID would be appreciated.

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I see a common skipper on the
I see a common skipper on the upper east coast all the time. what is that particular wing arrangement called? Is that what makes a skipper? It looks like one set of wings is up while one is flat.

Wing arrangement on this grass skipper.
Some people call this "fighter plane" or "F16". Doesn't sound very scientific. Note that there are other skippers, such as spreadwings, that don't have this posture. (Types of skippers also include duskywings, checkered-skippers, and another one or two.)

The way I know it's a skipper is by the antennae, which end in a "sugar scoop" configuration. (In contrast, a butterfly has clubbed antennae, while a moth has either plainer or fancier ends.)

great info. thank you.
great info. thank you.

Here's a list of butterflies for your county
And you're right - P. taxiles isn't listed.

That's a useful resource. Based on the species list there, I'm pretty sure that this is a Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus). I've got other pictures of the underside of the wing, and that seems to be consistent with that ID.

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