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Skipper needs ID - Hylephila phyleus

Skipper needs ID - Hylephila phyleus
Bayou George, Bay County, Florida, USA
Would appreciate an ID asap. Preparing a presentation in hopes it will make it to the municipalities here to stop roadside mowing until the wildflowers go to seed.

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It really shouldn't matter if they're abundant. Roadside wildlife is often the only exposure some get to nature. Also, native flowers love the roadsides, what better way to show off the beauty of your state than with native wildflowers and butterflies!

Agreed, but...
...look at it from the perspective of the powers that be. The term "endangered species" strikes fear in their hearts. But abundant?

A back-up ID
These are tough to identify. Worst case, you could say it was one of the Grass Skippers (Hesperiinae). Good luck with your presentation!

Fiery Skipper
They are tough, but this one looks just like a female Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus), which should be abundant in the area.

Will, you should have stopped...
...before you said abundant. We must thwart the mowing!

Fiery skippers
Unfortunately, Will, they aren't abundant. If you're a skipper, small, drab, brown and unmarked, you could say you're abundant, but definitely not Fiery skippers.

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