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Subject:  Skipper in Montgomery County Pa 8/26/17
Geographic location of the bug:  Upper Hanover Township
August 26, 2017 12:48 PM
I saw this very small skipper in NW Montgomery County. Photos are clear enough, but bad angles.
How you want your letter signed:  Joseph L Greco Jr

Sachem Skipper

Hi Joseph,
We must admit that we have trouble with exact species identifications on Skippers, but we feel confident this is a Grass Skipper in the family Hesperinae.  Based on this and other BugGuide images, it might be the Delaware Skipper,
Anatrytone logan.  We love your image with the partially opened wings.  The patterns remind us of a Rorschach test.

Sachem Skipper

Thanks. Delaware was my guess as well. The underwing is closest to what I see in Glassberg.
As for the one wing, I got lucky. It’s almost in focus too. But it is weird to see a skipper like that.
Joe Greco

Upper Hanover 
Montgomery County 
Update:  September 1, 2017
Thanks to a comment from Richard Stickney, we are further clarifying that this is a Sachem, which matches this BugGuide image.


Subject: butterfly id
Location: Standley Lake near Westminster CO
August 1, 2017 9:09 am
Good Morning!
Saw this butterfly yesterday on the gravel road at Standley Lake in Westminster, CO. It appeared more blue in nature than it does in the photo. The length across the wings was about an inch. I think it is a Blue, but not sure of the species. Please help me identify it.
Signature: Susan

Checkered Skipper

Dear Susan,
This is one of the Checkered Skippers in the genus
Pyrgus, and according to BugGuide:  “Eight species, mostly western.”

Subject: butterfly ID
Location: San Diego County
April 27, 2017 9:00 am
Hi Daniel,
I thought these 2 would be a cakewalk when I shot them. So distinctive. But alas, my insect knowledge is zero. Both photoed in San Diego county CA.
I can’t seem to fit geographic to species. To my untrained eye below looks like a Coyote Cloudywing – but apparently not in Southwestern CA.
(about half the size of a Monarch)
Signature: Gerald Friesen

Funereal Duskywing

Hi Gerald,
Thanks for resending your requests using our standard submission form.  It really does make posting submissions to our site much easier.  We believe this large Skipper is a Funereal Duskywing,
Erynnis funeralis, and according to Jeffrey Glassberg’s book Butterflies Through Binoculars The West, the habitat is “A wide variety, including desert, woodland edges, and spruce forest, but preference is for hot, dry situations.”  Here is an image from BugGuide.  We would not entirely rule out another member of the genus, however, Glassberg also writes “the F[ore]W[ing] is largely black with a pale brown patch beyond the cell.  The FW white spots are weakly expressed.”  The accompanying image in the book closely resembles your individual.

Subject: Persius or Wild Indigo Duskywing
Location: Occoquan NWR, VA
April 6, 2017 9:24 am
I photographed this Butterfly yesterday, and think it is either a Persius Duskywing or Wild Indigo Duskywing, (neither of which seem to be on your website). I would be most grateful for your opinion. Thanks!
Signature: Seth


Dear Seth,
Thanks so much for submitting your image of a Duskywing Skipper in the genus
Erynnis.  Currently we have two species from the genus on our site, both from California.  We do not feel confident taking an identification to the species level with any surety.   Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a more definitive response.

Subject: Can you identify?
Location: kansas city
July 17, 2016 8:49 pm
I’m submitting two pictures.
can you identify the orange bug
feeding on the milkweed? The other picture I’m thinking is either a month or a butterfly?
Thank you for your time 🙂
Signature: Julie

Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper

Dear Julie,
When we receive a single request with multiple species, we generally split them apart for classification purposes.  We will only be posting your image of a Silver Spotted Skipper,
Epargyreus clarus, which according to BugGuide:  “is one of the most conspicuous skippers, partly because of its size and partly because of its distinct silvery markings, which show while the insect rests. The caterpillars hide all day in silken nests among foliage, emerging to feed at night. There is one generation a year in the North; two or more in the South.”  Though classified as a butterfly, most naturalists recognize that Skippers also possess many characteristics of moths.  Your other image is of an Ailanthus Webworm Moth.

Subject: Tiny Yellow Butterfly
Location: Coryell County, Texas
May 18, 2016 1:40 pm
Hello, hope you are both well!
This tiny butterfly visited the verbena last Friday, May 17th. I think it may be a grass skipper, perhaps a Fiery Skipper. I couldn’t get very close to it, so not a lot of detail is shown, sorry.
It was warm and sunny, around 80 degrees. We’ve had a lot of rain in Texas this month! Thank you.
Signature: Ellen

Hi, the date was actually May 13, sorry! 😀
Here is another photo of the verbena, a new addition to our garden this year. It seems to be popular with the butterflies.
Signature: Ellen



Hi Ellen,
We always enjoy receiving and posting your butterfly images.  Your garden must be glorious.  We have difficulty identifying Skippers to the species, but we agree this is most likely a Grass Skipper.