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Skipper - Poanes zabulon - female

Skipper - Poanes zabulon - Female
Springfield, Virginia, USA
July 30, 2004
Any help identifying is appreciated.

Female Zabulon Skipper?
Nice photo. I think this is a female Zabulon Skipper:

The females look quite different from males. I think the pretty purple shading and the white mark on the edge of the hindwing is distinctive. They are super-common in North Carolina.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Thanks, Patrick.
They are common here as well, I just have lots of trouble telling skippers apart, especially the light brown ones.

Agree on skippers, helpful web sites
Skippers drive me nuts, and I had really given up on them for a while. It's really tough when there is wear. The little orange-and-black ones are really hard.

In addition to printed references, you might look at: Will Cook's site, in addition to printed references. He's here in Durham, and is really into skippers. His sightings are going to be similar to yours in Virginia, I think.

Also Randy Emmitt's site, also from North Carolina.

Maybe this will help to "fill out" bugguide coverage of skippers.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Helpful Sites
Thanks for the links, Patrick. As autumn sets in I'll be spending more time sorting through my pics, and I'll attempt to identify all the skippers I've been photograhing. These links will definitely help, very useful indeed. Of course, most of them still look absolutely the same to me. :)

Another good site for skippers is

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