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Subject:  What butterfly or moth is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles, CA
Date: 08/20/2019
Time: 11:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little one while gardening. I was curious about the species. I’ve seen many swallowtails lately but not this one. I couldn’t find anything in a google search.
How you want your letter signed:  Vic

Funereal Duskywing

Dear Vic,
This is one of the Duskywing Skippers in the genus
Erynnis, probably the Funereal Duskywing which is pictured on BugGuide.  Daniel has been seeing Funereal Duskyings in his Mount Washington garden on composite flowers including sunflower for weeks.

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Subject:  Unknown butterfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Tilaran, Costa Rica
Date: 08/04/2019
Time: 04:20 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
please identify this little butterfly I had found on October 15 near Tilaran at a meadow.
Thank you in advance
How you want your letter signed:  Johannes

White Veined Skipper

Dear Johannes,
We don’t know how many of the 13 identification requests you submitted yesterday we will be able to address, but we will attempt to research as many as we are able with our limited time.  We believe this is a Veined White Skipper,
Heliopetes arsalte, which we located on Butterflies of America.

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Subject:  Brown moth? Butterfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Atchison
Date: 07/24/2019
Time: 02:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On anise hyssop & butterfly bush.  Have seen since early spring
How you want your letter signed:  Rose

Silver Spotted Skipper

Dear Rose,
This is a Silver Spotted Skipper, and we are posting your image because it illustrates the namesake silver markings.  We posted an open winged view of a Silver Spotted Skipper yesterday.  Though Skippers are often thought of as having characteristics of both moths and butterflies, they are classified as butterflies.

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Subject:  Moth-like Butterfly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Grafton, Wisconsin
Date: 08/01/2019
Time: 11:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there,
I saw this butterfly on my walk today, haven’t seen one of these before so I’m curious to know what kind of butterfly it is. It almost looked like a moth at first. Thanks for the help!
How you want your letter signed:  Amber

Silver Spotted Skipper

Dear Amber,
This butterfly is a Silver Spotted Skipper, which we verified by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  The silver spots are actually on the undersides of the hind wings as pictured in this BugGuide image.  Skippers are often discussed as having traits of both butterflies and moths.

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Subject:  Butterfly or moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hazlet Twp NJ
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help me to identify this visitor, I like to know who is in my garden. This one is new to me!
How you want your letter signed:  Nancy K in NJ

Long-Tailed Skipper

Dear Nancy K,
This is a Long-Tailed Skipper,
Urbanus proteus, in the family Hesperidae, and though it is considered a butterfly, many sources consider Skippers to be a transitional family between Moths and Butterflies since they share physical characteristics of both.  According to BugGuide:  “Caterpillars feed on members of the Fabaceae (Pea or Bean family)” and the caterpillar is called the “Bean Leafroller.”  Your images are gorgeous and your zinnia bed is quite impressive.  We are pretty certain you already know that zinnias are one of the best flowers for attracting butterflies.

Long-Tailed Skipper

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Subject:  Butterfly ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Waco, TX
Date: 04/05/2018
Time: 01:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
Can you identify this butterfly? It looks like some type of skipper to me, but it’s not in my butterfly guide.
Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Linda Taylor

Grass Skipper

Dear Linda,
This is indeed a Skipper.  When it comes to identifying Grass Skippers in the family Hesperiinae to the species level, we are woefully insecure, and we rarely attempt to drill down to the species level as so many members of the subfamily look so similar.  See BugGuide for images of the some possibilities.

Grass Skipper

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